Superfast broadband for some Anglesey villages in 2013

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.

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12 Responses to Superfast broadband for some Anglesey villages in 2013

  1. Jack Jones says:

    Superfast-cymru? have it right I think

  2. Philhen says:

    FTTC appears to be a expensive option when you have connection costs of £85 etc.
    Will the existing ISP speeds also increase with fibre to the street cabinet or do we have to get a new router?

    • I suppose that if FTTC has put a faster connection to your local street cab you might expect to get a faster connection via adsl but I suspect this will not happen. The ISP will want to be able to sell a fibre connection to you which will need a new modem etc.

  3. More information can be seen at :

    TELECOM giant BT revealed north west Wales will be the first to benefit from a £425million superfast broadband project.

    Up to 30,000 homes and businesses in Bangor, Caernarfon, Dolgellau, Pwllheli, Menai Bridge and Porthmadog were made top priority by the Welsh Government and will have quicker speeds by June.

    They will rise from as low as 2Mbps to as high as 80Mbps.

    Work is underway on the Superfast Cymru scheme, laying 17,500 kilometres of optical fibre cable and 3,000 broadband cabinets.

    BT is also creating 100 apprenticeships, of which 25 were filled, as well as 50 new jobs.

    BT director for Wales, Ann Beynon, told Business Post: “This is an exciting day for Wales and the beginning of a journey that will see the communications landscape throughout Wales completely transformed.

    “This ambitious project will boost the productivity of local businesses and help to attract a more diverse range of high-growth companies to the area.

    “It will play a major role in creating a more prosperous Wales.”

    Fourteen areas across the country will benefit from the move, which is being rolled out in 2013/14 It will then be extended to all of Wales in 2014/15.

    Welsh Government officials say the aim is to get better speeds to 96% of homes and businesses.

    Business Minister Mrs Hart said: “The Superfast Cymru programme is set to transform the broadband landscape in Wales and to promote economic growth and sustainable jobs in Wales.

    “It will ensure we are at the forefront of the global digital economy and help to champion Wales as a great place to live, work, invest and visit.”

    Mrs Hart confirmed BT had officially started on the roll-out of the scheme following “detailed preparatory work”.

    “State aid approval has now been granted by the UK government, allowing us to complete the Major Project Notification process to secure European Regional Development Fund structural funding worth £80m,” she said.

    “Our project partner BT has now also officially started work on the roll-out of the programme.”

    The Minister added: “BT had already made considerable progress to prepare for the programme, including engagement with planning and highways authorities across Wales.

    “A roll-out plan has been prepared which takes into account the local demographics and cartography of Wales, together with the Welsh Government’s economic priorities, including the Enterprise Zones and the Powys local growth zone.”

    A government spokesman said the new fibre broadband would provide a “significant uplift” in performance.

    They added: “The new fibre broadband will ensure Wales has access to broadband speeds of up to 80Mbps, with ultra-fast broadband providing even faster speeds should businesses need it.

    “As a result, when combined with private sector activity, 96% of premises in Wales will have access to world class broadband speeds.”

    The development has been welcomed by many in rural Wales – who say decent broadband speeds in the countryside have been long overdue.

    Funding for the project will come from the Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) office (£59.9 million), the Welsh government (£58 million) and the European Regional Development Fund (RSDF).

  4. Philhen says:

    With my luck Llanddeusant will probably be in the 4%

  5. Philhen says:

    The chart gives some idea of estimated speed.

  6. Philhen says:

    Bangor fibre superfast broadband box installed

  7. Philhen says:

    Year 1, and will be underway in all local authorities in Year 2. We will announce a new list of exchanges every three months during the roll-out, and a postcode checker facility will be available from Spring 2013. The first communities to benefit will be:

    Does anybody know when the first day of Spring is in BT land.

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