Welsh broadband going faster
If the various BDUK projects have been given an impolite nudge by the DCMS in response to the scathing criticism from the Public Accounts Committee it is unlikely that the rush of announcements in the last few days are the result of that nudge, particularly given the time taken to get any type of press release approved in local Government.
The good news is that some 151 towns and villages across Wales are now set to benefit from the joint project between BT and the Welsh Government (with ERDF and Westminster funding too) with their roll-out expected to complete by the end of March 2015. These 151 areas represent some 206,000 homes and businesses, and combined with the previous announcements mean some 480,000 premises will have the option to access a fibre based broadband service by the end of Spring 2015.
This is only the start of the roll-out still, as while the amounts look large this takes Wales to around 75% availability of fibre broadband, and those getting superfast speeds will be a subset of that. When we look at data from our speed test across the whole of Wales it has the highest proportion of results at 2 Mbps or slower and the lowest proportion of tests that qualify as superfast, so clearly lots of work to be done.
Caerphilly: Cross Keys, Machen, Nelson, Rhymney, Risca, Senghenydd, Ynysddu
Carmarthenshire: Amman Valley, Carmarthen, Hebron, Llanbydder, Maesycrugiau, Pencader, Pumpsaint, Upper Cwmtwrch, Velindre
Conwy: Cerrigydrudion, Llanfairfechan
Ceredigion: Aberaeron, Aeron, Aberporth, Borth, Bow Street, Bronant, Capel Bangor, Cardigan, Crosswood, Cwrtnewydd, Lampeter, Llanarth, Llandyssul, Llangybi, Llanilar, Llanon, Llechryd, Nebo, Newcastle Emlyn, New Quay, Ponterwyd, Ponthrydygroes, Pontrhydfendigaid, Pontshaen, Talybont, Tregaron
Denbighshire: Bodfari, Bryneglwys, Cyffylliog, Denbigh, Dyserth, Glyndwr, Llanarmon-yn-Ial, Llandegla, Llandrillo, Llandyrnog, Llangollen, Llanynys, Maerdy, Rhuddlan, Ruthin, St Asaph, Trefnant
Flintshire: Caerwys, Halkyn, Kinnerton, Llanferres, Gwynedd: Bontddu, Ganllwyd, Tudweiliog
Neath Port Talbot: Crynant, Cymmer, Glantawe, Glynneath, Pontardawe, Resolven, Seven Sisters, Skewen
Monmouthshire: Gilwern, , Magor, Nantyderry, Tredunnock Usk
Pembrokeshire: Boncath, Crosswell, Crymych, Dinas Cross, Llwyndrain, Moylegrove, Newport
Powys: Abercrave, Abermule, Berriew, Brecon, Builth Wells, Bwlch, Caersws, Carno, Castle Caereinion, Church Stoke, Crickhowell, Erwood, Forden, Guilsfield, Hay-on-Wye, Hundred House, Gladestry, Kerry, Kington, Knighton, Llanbrynmair, Llanfair Caereinion, Llandrindod Wells, Llangamarch Wells, Llangurig, Llanfrynach, Llanfyllin, Llangorse, Llanidloes, Llanymynech, Newtown, Llanrhaeadr, Llansantffraid, Llanwrtyd Wells, Merthyr Cynog, Montgomery, Newbridge-on-Wye, Penybont, New Radnor, Pennant, Presteigne, Rhayader, Sennybridge, Talgarth, Talybont-on-Usk, Trefeglwys, Tregynon, Trewern, Welshpool
Torfaen: Blaenavon, Talywain
Wrexham: Bangor-on-Dee, Chirk, Dutton Diffeth, Glyn Ceiriog, Hanmer, Overton-on-Dee, Redbrook Maelor, Rossett, Rhosllanerchrugog, RuabonAreas expected to have fibre broadband in Wales by the end of March 2015
With a target of 96% of Wales with access to a fibre based broadband service in 2016, there are obviously a lot more target areas to be announced, so well done if you are on todays list, but for the others more patience is needed.