Bangor starts the ball rolling for Superfast Wales
The Superfast Cymru project that has £225m of public money to spend to improve broadband speeds across Wales has started to deliver leading on from the existing commercial roll-outs. The first cabinet has been installed in the High Street of Bangor (pop: ~13,000, excluding students), this means the Bangor exchange is enabled for FTTC and further cabinets will be added.
We have tried checking the availability to order via the BT Wholesale checker and the postcodes we have looked at show no signs of FTTC yet, so while cabinet may be present it may not be fully ready to provide an actual service.
The Superfast Wales website should hopefully update to reflect roll-out starting and give people an idea of the coverage around that cabinet, though if you are nearby you will possibly notice a cluster of press and politicians around it in the next few days.
The enabling of a city that will be seen as urban by those living in the real rural parts of Wales is important, as the exchange is likely to serve as a handover node for other exchanges. Interestingly the FibreSpeed project that was a multi-million project to increase backhaul competition in North Wales also has a major point of presence in the city, but aside from helping provide backhaul for fixed wireless services and some business parks, the SME and residential market has seen very little benefit from that spending.