Anglesey broadband not spots to get fast fibre network

It appears that the competition to provide a fast rural broadband service to parts of Anglesey is hotting up.   Only a few weeks ago a company called Bluenowhere released a fibre broadband roll out plan.  Now another company called i3 group have also announced plans to create a fibre network for home and commercial users on Anglesey.

According to the companies’ web site

“This is your opportunity to enjoy the benefits of high speed broadband across the whole of Anglesey. An opportunity to get better connectivity, forget 0.5mbps or less, you get 10MBs and the freedom to enjoy all that next generation access can deliver.

Fibrezone™ is working with Carrier Wales to deliver this connection over the coming months for you to benefit right away.”

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The project will make use of the fibre backbone announced for North Wales almost two years ago. An initial trial connecting 300 homes in Aberffraw, Llanfair-yn-Neubwll and Bryngwran will see the service delivery handled by Carrier Wales. Businesses and residents in the area will be informed once the trial is available

For such a long time rural areas have been hampered by slow broadband, new radio and fibre solutions may finally mean the dream of fast broadband for all on Anglesey may soon become a reality.

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2 Responses to Anglesey broadband not spots to get fast fibre network

  1. Aberfraw says:

    It is good to see that we might be getting broadband in the area soon.
    Do you have any more information about how to get the service?

  2. Here is some more information from i3 group’s web site
    i3 Group addresses rural broadband challenge with North Wales trial

    Wednesday, 06 October 2010
    Fibre optic infrastructure specialist i3 Group is to trial a solution designed to finally address the major challenge of extending reliable, high-speed broadband to rural communities.

    Known as Fibrezone, the solution, to be trialled for the first time on the Isle of Anglesey, North Wales, uses secure wireless and fibre optic infrastructure to deliver high speed broadband to homes in areas with limited or no broadband access, often referred to as ‘not spots’.

    Elfed Thomas, CEO of i3 Group, the company that is behind Fibrecity, the UK’s largest fibre-to-the-home initiative, said: “Finding a solution to rural connectivity is a real challenge for the industry and i3 Group’s solution has been under development for some time.

    “We have now reached the stage where we are ready to trial the technology as the availability of WiMAX 4G spectrum has only recently become available. The infrastructure will be deployed using the Group’s low cost methodologies which have allowed us to develop a rural model that will be commercially viable with some support from the public purse.”

    For the rural Fibrezone solution in North Wales, i3 Group has bought a secure 4G radio spectrum licence and will also put to use the Welsh Assembly Government’s investment in the ‘FibreSpeed’ fibre optic network.

    The initial trial will see 300 homes connected in the wards of Aberffraw, Llanfair-yn-Neubwll and Bryngwran, and services will be delivered by Carrier Wales. Initial Broadband speeds of up to 10Mbps will be provided and will be bundled with telephone and other services in the future. Residents and businesses will be informed once the solution becomes available to them.

    John Prescott, director, Carrier Wales said: “We are pleased to be playing a role in the development of a true rural broadband solution. For too long we have been unable to deliver reliable services to the residents and businesses in North Wales, if at all, because the infrastructure simply isn’t here. The prospect of a rollout following this trial will revolutionise communications in North Wales.”

    This trial is designed to demonstrate the capabilities of the model, and once it is completed will be used to deploy connectivity to other areas with limited access, both in the UK and overseas. i3 Group builds open access infrastructure which means that the rural networks will be accessible to a range of service providers to deliver reliable high speed services to residents and businesses.

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