FTTP in Wales via the Superfast Cymru project
The largely FTTC based roll-out from the various Government funded broadband projects across the UK is a large and is an easy target for those complaining about money wasted on broadband roll-outs, but the roll-outs are not just FTTC based. Westminster recently proudly announced that we had passed the 1 million properties milestone, with this million able to order a superfast fibre based service landmark recently (in Wales the figure was 190,393).
A good number of the individual projects, including the Welsh Government project tasked with the large task of bringing fibre based services to 96% of premises have talked about making some native FTTP available, and the first signs of this happening in Wales are evident.
- Abersoch Properties connected to cabinets 4 and 5 on this exchange now have native FTTP available to order, which is around 80 properties. Indications are that more FTTP may appear on this exchange too.
- Culverhouse Cross Only around 20 properties on cabinet 29, but believe this may climb to well over 100 as the roll-out continues.
- Gaerwen Around 100 premises with live access to GEA-FTTP services, mainly concentrated on an industrial estate (LL60 6HR). Perhaps another 100 more to be enabled.
- Gorseinon Properties connected to cabinet P37, now have FTTP available to order. Looks to be around 15 properties in a business park.
- Llanberis LL55 4EF postcode with around 15 premises has FTTP available, but believe this is the tip of the iceberg as some 400 may have FTTP once roll-out completes on exchange.
- Maeglas FTTP roll-out concentrated around Cleppa Park (NP10 8FZ), checks suggest it is available to around 70 premises, with maybe another 100 on the way.
- Mold If you live in Victory Court (CH7 1GL) then congratulations you can order FTTP. This may mean just around 20 live properties, but again more are in the pipeline.
- Morriston Fibre to the premises covering the Swansea Industrial Park, we believe around 70 properties can order the service now with the roll-out continuing to cover the majority of the park (another 100 or more lines).
This is NOT Fibre on Demand, but native FTTP, which means it is available at speeds between 40 Mbps and 330 Mbps (maximum of 30 Mbps upload) and the wholesale pricing is the same as the FTTC services which are more widely available. For business use, providers such as AAISP and Claranet are just two of the alternatives to the standard BT Business services.
Business parks invariably have a large footprint geographically which often means lots of cabinets needed to serve it, or FTTC speeds will be low. So seeing FTTP being rolled out suggests that while the money available is no where near enough to do universal FTTP in the intervention areas where it makes sense it is being rolled out. Exactly how much FTTP will appear across Wales is not known at this time, but we believe it may rival Cornwall for the amount of FTTP available in the end.
Update 3:30pm Added another four exchange areas that have some FTTP availability.