36km of fibre brings FTTP to Dinas Mawddwy
There are several ways reaction will go to the news that 36km of fibre (including 16km of overhead fibre) has been deployed to bring FTTP to Dinas Mawddwy. Either scoffing at the noise being made about 164 premises now getting access to superfast broadband in Wales, or people calling it a waste of money or complaints that why FTTP for that part of Wales and not their part. What we know is that the service is now available to order from those retailers selling Openreach GEA-FTTP, but generally for consumers this means the Infinity 1 to 4 products ranging in price from £10 to £50 per month (plus £16.99 voice line rental).
This deployment involved 16km of overhead and 20km of underground ducted fibre to link the village to the new core network and increases the amount of FTTP available in Gwynedd to around 0.5% of households with the addition of another 164 properties able to get the service.
"This is excellent news for the residents and businesses of Dinas Mawddwy and shows the lengths the Superfast Cymru programme is going so people can enjoy the benefits of fast fibre broadband.
The sheer distance of the overhead fibre to reach the village is an achievement which hasn’t been realised before throughout the UK and shows our commitment to connect rural communities in Wales.
Bringing superfast speeds to Dinas Mawddwy is a symbol of how ambitious the Superfast Cymru programme is and by Spring 2016 we aim to reach 96% of properties meaning people will have access to faster internet speeds quicker than the rest of the UK.
We are committed to seeing Wales become a truly digital nation and the Superfast Cymru scheme is vital in making that vision a reality.Deputy Minister for Skills and Technology, Julie James
The network has been live for a few weeks so hopefully we will start to see much faster speeds than the 1 to 6 Mbps than we have previously seen as people order and get the service installed.
The deployment of FTTP is key to ensuring that the 90% superfast (96% fibre based) target is met across Wales as a whole and while we are not expecting anything like the level of coverage achieved in Cornwall it is becoming more widespread.