Menai bridge is to one of the first areas of Anglesey to benefit from the Welsh Governments role out of “super fast broadband”. Other areas of Anglesey will follow with a new list of exchanges every three months during the roll-out, and a postcode checker facility to be be available from Spring 2013.
For details of the roll out and benefits see Superfast Wales
What is fibre broadband?
Fibre broadband is the next generation of broadband – much faster, more reliable and it uses a different technology. Whilst traditional broadband (known as ADSL) is delivered via copper telephone lines, fibre broadband uses fibre optic cable.
Fibre broadband can be delivered in two ways from the exchange: fibre to the cabinet (FTTC) and fibre to the premises (FTTP).
FTTC uses fibre-optic cables throughout the network right up to the street cabinet. It then uses copper wires to connect the cabinet to homes and businesses. FTTC provides wholesale download speeds up to 80Mbps and upload speeds up to 20Mbps.
FTTP means fibre-optic cables run right to the door of each house or business. It provides wholesale download speeds up to 330Mbps and upload speeds up to 30Mbps.
The project will ensure Wales has access to world class broadband speeds of up to 80Mbps by end of 2015. Ultra-fast broadband speeds of up to 330Mbps will also be deployed in certain areas and, as of Spring 2013, anyone in a FTTC-enabled area will be able to upgrade to FTTP ‘on demand’ should Welsh businesses want to upgrade to even faster speeds.
According to the regulator Ofcom the current average broadband speed in Wales is around 9Mbps, so Superfast Cymru will deliver a significant uplift in speeds.
Wales will see £425 million invested to expand superfast broadband throughout Wales. This will have the power to transform the life, work and play of citizens across Wales. What’s more, superfast broadband will boost the economy of Wales, enabling businesses to work more effectively in new ways and reach out to new customers.