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69.3% of homes and businesses in Wales have access to Superfast Broadband
Wednesday 11 February 2015 10:28:24 by Andrew Ferguson

A major milestone was passed this week as the 1 million mark for the number of premises in Wales passed by a fibre based broadband solution (FTTC, cable or FTTP) was declared by the Government.

Our own independent tracking of the roll-out indicates that this means 75.1% of Wales have access to a fibre based solution or if you add a superfast qualifier this drops to 69.3% (around 0.1% have access to native GEA-FTTP). This is significantly better than a year or two ago, but is still the lowest out of England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales.

"There is now work going on in every local authority in Wales as we work towards our aim of 96% of premises in Wales having access to fast fibre broadband by Spring 2016. Superfast Cymru is an ambitious and challenging programme, which is making a real difference. Fast fibre broadband benefits homes and businesses and will ensure that Wales is at the forefront of the digital revolution."

First Minister of Wales Carwyn Jones

While FTTC is the dominant technology and leads to complaints about last century technology, the combined commercial and fibre based roll-out has pushed some 2150km of fibre out to 3,200 cabinets and while the use of FTTP is increasing use of it where it is economic to do so.

As with the other parts of the UK the more urban areas have the best coverage, due to the higher population density.

thinkbroadband independent analysis of fibre coverage in parts of Wales
Area Fibre Availability Superfast Availability FTTP
Cardiff 95.8% 91.1% 0%
Blaenau Gwent 95.5% 91.6% 0.1%
Newport 94.3% 87.9% 0.1%
Rhondda Cynon Taf 92.3% 85.5% 0%
Swansea 91.5% 87.4% 0.2%
Bro Morgannwg - the Vale of Glamorgan 87.7% 81.3% 0%
Merthyr Tydfil 87.6% 81.2% 0.2%
Sir y Fflint - Flintshire 86.1% 78.1% 2.8%
Caerffili - Caerphilly 86% 78.5% 0%
Castell-nedd Port Talbot - Neath Port Talbot 84.8% 81% 0%
Wrexham 83.2% 75.3% 0%
Gwynedd 72% 60% 0.8%
Sir Ynys Mon - Isle of Anglesey 70.9% 60.2% 0%
Sir Ddinbych - Denbighshire 57.6% 54.5% 0%
Torfaen 66.3% 64% 0%
Sir Fynwy - Monmouthshire 56% 48.9% 0%
Sir Benfro - Pembrokeshire 42.3% 37.1% 0%
Sir Ceredigion - Ceredigion 34.2% 28.4% 0%
Powys 28.4% 21.5% 0%
Sir Gaerfyrddin - Carmarthenshire 26.5% 22.3% 0%
Conwy 21.8% 19.3% 0%

The target of 96% coverage of fibre based based broadband by Spring 2016 needs a lot more work and as 2015 progresses it will be possible to see if it is going to be late or not, though for now Cardiff and Blaenau Gwent are within a whisker already and if they break the target this may mean the more rural parts only ever get to a lower coverage level. This skewing is simply down to the pressure to ensure value for money, i.e. rolling out something fibre based to as many people as possible for as little money as possible.


Posted by mikeluff over 2 years ago
Maybe one day my cab will have a fibre twin installed. It sits between two which have already been done, and is only about 900m away from one of them yet still no action. Although I read that they are able to run 13km of fibre to an exchange which serves the names number of people as my cab? Not that I'm bitter or anything :)

Some of SFC, sort Pembroke out and finish the exchanges you have started!
Posted by mikeluff over 2 years ago
*come on
Posted by Blackmamba over 2 years ago
Hi Mike
If you go to Openreach where and when you will find that your exchange area is showing FTTC/P you could be lucky on your CAB keep checking your number weekly or the best.
Posted by gc01 over 2 years ago
I'm in a rural part of Wales and the superfast-cymru site says it is coming to my location by the end of June 2015. Great, but I see no cabinets near by or any space where they could be put. I suspect "superfast" for my location would not be so super as the cabinet would be so far away.
Posted by Blackmamba over 2 years ago
Hi gc01
Check your number this should give you the CAB number then find its location of this old CAB then the new FTTC will be place very close. Check on Elgin for road works for fibre run and works this will give you an estermated date for your area. Check on Sam knows this may also give a date.
Posted by TheEulerID over 2 years ago

Some of the roll-out in Wales will be FTTP. Does the superfast-cymru site tell you if it's FTTC or FTTP for your area?

Otherwise, to find your cabinet you could try following the cables. They are often quite small and half hidden in hedges.
Posted by gc01 over 2 years ago
It does not say FTTC or FTTP, but very unlikely to be FTTP where I am. The site does give a cabinet number but none of the cabinets I have seen have their number on. Reading in more detail I see it says "the first cabinets in the area will upgraded by the end of June, 2015 and work will continue after this to complete the network". It colours the whole area served by the exchange in pink on it's map but I doubt if the superfast service will be available everywhere within that area.
Posted by Blackmamba over 2 years ago
Hi Gc01
You may have the distance from your number ( home) to the exchange and its location. You do state that your CAB has a number so if possible find a number which you think is close to the unmarked CAB to get a Referance. The number on the CAB may be faded or on the side. The Cab location should be in a position where it merges many customers like a star formation.
Posted by welshwarrior over 2 years ago

Put your phone number into
and click on the all fibre cabinets link. This will show you roughly on a satellite map where the cabs are in your area.
Posted by jumpmum over 2 years ago
While people will complain they are not reached yet this is stunning performance considering every county from Gwynedd down except Torfaen and Monmouth had zero 18 months ago.
Posted by AndrueC over 2 years ago
Even Llandudno now. It wasn't very well publicised though. It seemed to go straight from 'We're assessing it' to 'It's ready to go'.
Posted by Blackmamba over 2 years ago
Hi Welsh Broadband Watchers.
Keep checking your CABs for Availibility as many times as possible then cascade to the customers on the Cabs for them to order good luck.
Posted by gc01 over 2 years ago

Yes, that site shows the cabinet I am connected to serves a wide area - from 530M from the exchange all the way out to 5621M from the exchange - and I am near the end. So I don't hold out much hope.
Posted by astateoftrance over 2 years ago
@gc01 on the same site welshwarrior gave you, after searching for your cabinet using your postcode did you try clicking on your postcode in the line of text (in a yellow box) below the map.. it should then show if either FTTC or FTTP is planned.

No idea how accurate the site is but forme it seems to be giving the correct information.
Posted by alarch over 2 years ago
I live near the Pentir cabinet (18) on the Bangor exchange. 2 years on from the start of deployment on the exchange we're still waiting for a superfast cabinet. We've recently been told that we will get FTTP instead of FTTC - but no planning has happened yet for this.

Using CodeLook as recommended above it says "Fibre Phase: BDUK Wales 11b". What's is the significance of the 11b bit?
Posted by Blackmamba over 2 years ago
Hi Broadband Watchers.
I would think on Cab 18 Bangor exchange as from above the planning will be done and they will provide a FTTC and extend the fibre from this location to the outlining area using small units at set locations.
Posted by andrew (Favicon staff member) over 2 years ago
And there was me thinking it was pencilled in from the planners for FTTP, so not FTTC.

The roll-out of FTTP is generally done later, so while the plans are part of phase 11b this is just an announcement phase not a completion date.

Lots of work to do in Wales and pressure is on to get numbers high before dealing with slower FTTP areas.
Posted by Blackmamba over 2 years ago
Hi Welshworrier.
I see you are interested in the opening for service on Cabs FTTC/ P. I have found that when the Cab is fired up eg power 240 v it is not many days after Check noise on fans . I check first in the mornings because mast data is uploaded after 1200 hours. Remember all lines are tested weekly and mtre monthly so data is being feed continually so look listen and keep hunting.
Posted by alarch over 2 years ago
41 cabinets showing up as fibre enabled for Bangor exchange. Is there a way of finding out which ones haven't been upgraded yet - and which ones? I know of two.
Posted by Blackmamba over 2 years ago
Hi Alarch.
Very easy just used the line checker and make a list by typing in the numbers of Cabs then add one to each telephone number. The low numbers CABs are often close to the exchange use PUBs and advertised numbers for cross check.
Look on Sam Knows for total Customer this will give a average figure use 0 for exchange only customers. From this list you are in control and can see the spread of fibre and work out the % cover above 2%.
Posted by andrew (Favicon staff member) over 2 years ago
Bangor North Wales has 10 cabinets left to go live.

Where did you find the 41 enabled cabinets? Reason being Bangor North Wales has less than 41 cabinets
Posted by Blackmamba over 2 years ago
Hi Andrews Staff
Cab 41 could be E0 lines which have been diverted or a new interim CAB on a commercial run just a gess.
Posted by andrew (Favicon staff member) over 2 years ago
@blackmamba it is rare to skip some numbers, cab numbers are usually (but not always) sequential.

More likely they have counted EO clusters as a cabinet too.
Posted by Blackmamba over 2 years ago
Hi Andrew staff.
I have just found 6 Cabs in Surrey that are being bypassed by fibre so it looks like they are going to be off loaded on request and churn rate.
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