Parts of two Welsh communities get fibre based broadband for first time
The pace of delivery of fibre to the cabinet services in Wales is increasing and while it is easy to criticise the technology choice it is unlikely that a similar pace could have been achieved if a pure FTTP roll-out was being followed.
Two of areas where people are getting fibre based broadband (FTTC in these cases) are Mostyn and Rhosllanerchrugog which are both in North Wales. What the Welsh project forgets to include in its release is the details of which cabients are now live, but with a little work we have that information.
- Mostyn: Cabinet 5 went live during August. Other cabinets are expected to go live in the future and rumours abound of native FTTP for some parts of the port.
- Rhosllanerchrugog: Cabinets 1, 3, 10 and 16 have all gone live between the middle of August and now, more cabinets are to follow.
For those not aware of how to check if they are connected to one of these cabinets, the BT Wholesale checker and a telephone number is the most accurate check. If a telephone lookup fails (and it will for TalkTalk and Sky customers) then an address check using your postcode and house number are the next best option.
"Superfast fibre broadband has the power to transform the way we do business, the way we keep in touch, how we access entertainment and how we use public services.
The Superfast Cymru programme is probably the most ambitious in the UK. We aim to reach 96% of properties by the end of Spring 2016 making fibre available to more people more quickly than the rest of the UK. The residents and businesses in Mostyn and Rhosllanerchrugog are the latest to benefit.
Wales will not just become one of the most connected countries in the world by 2016 – it is going further, faster and quicker in reaching this ambitious goal."Deputy Minister for Skills and Technology, Ken Skates
The reason Wales is deploying so fast is that it is having to play catch up, and there will a good number of premises in Wales where while FTTC may boost speeds it will not always be a guaranteed superfast service they receive. We have seen claims that where FTTC is being delivered an average speed of 61 Mbps is the result so far, we will in the next few weeks put that claim to the test.