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Superfast Wales Project Deploys Some Ultrafast 330Mbps FTTP Broadband

Thursday, August 21st, 2014 (3:10 pm) - Score 1,337

Believe it or not, Wales will be getting some 330Mbps capable Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband from BT as part of the local state aid supported £425m Superfast Cymru project. This aims to make faster “fibre broadband” (FTTC) speeds of up to 80Mbps available to 96% of Welsh premises by the end of spring 2016 (700,000 premises).

So far the vast majority of the project in Wales has focused on rolling out BT’s ‘up to’ 80Mbps capable Fibre-to-the-Cabinet (FTTC) service, which has already helped to reach an extra 190,000 premises (here). But Thinkbroadband are today reporting that several areas have also been given an upgrade to the significantly faster FTTP service and they predict that related coverage could eventually rival Cornwall’s.

Apparently around 80 premises in Abersoch (Gwynedd), 100-200 in Gaerwen (Anglesey), 70-170 in Morriston (Swansea) and possibly another 70 in Maeglas (a neighbourhood in the south west of Newport) are predicted to have recently been put within reach of the native service (i.e. NOT the expensive Fibre on Demand equivalent) or may be able to receive it in the not too distant future. Take note that most of these seem to be catering for industrial/business areas.

Over the past few months we’ve witnessed an increased level of activity on the FTTP front from BT, with a number of BDUK schemes beginning to do similar upgrades, albeit within a somewhat limited scope. The news is good and if the source is correct about FTTP in Wales eventually rivalling Cornwall’s (i.e. 62,000 premises passed) then we’d be quite pleased, although it’s currently unclear what this prediction is based off or if BTOpenreach have confirmed the above.

UPDATE 4:29pm:

An additional four telephone exchange areas have also been identified with some FTTP including 20 – 100 premises in Culverhouse Cross, 15 in Gorseinon, 15 to potentially 400 (future) in Llanberis and 20 in the wonderfully named Mold. As with the above, the end figures could be much higher.

Apparently these details have been confirmed by BT. A spokesperson for BTOpenreach has told ISPreview.co.uk that they couldn’t officially confirm the above details, but wouldn’t argue with them either.

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11 Responses
  1. Avatar adslmax says:

    Lucky Wales get FTTP!

    1. Avatar Raindrops says:

      The odd lucky street in Wales get FTTP

      There i fixed it for you 🙂

  2. Avatar Jono says:

    BT drive me so mad!

    My caravan in Abersoch can get Fibre… my 10 year old house in Warrington can only get under 2mbit ADSL. My estate is being done by connecting cheshire but it appears to be the last on the list. Instead you have villages like Poynton that already have decent ADSL and Virgin cable getting done first!

    I still don’t understand why BT weren’t made to prioritise locations with slow ADSL and no alternatives.

    1. Avatar adslmax says:

      investiment in return are the reason for this

  3. Avatar Jono says:

    adslmax…. I still don’t understand. My house in Warrington is built on a large wealthy estate where pretty much every house hold will sign up as the ADSL is so poor. Its surrounded by Fibre already so its not a big job. Why is this not going to see a better return on investment than Poynton where most people already have decent ADSL/Virgin so are less likely to bother upgrading.

    1. Avatar Sledgehammer says:

      I think it comes down to BT being seen in the same areas as Virgin Media. Trying to poach customers from VM. You are unfortunately trapped by the way BT run their roll out.

    2. Avatar Jono says:

      @Sledgehammer – this is exactly what I think has been happening. Even though I don’t agree with it I can see when its a commercial rollout that being allowed, but when its BDUK funding I just don’t understand why the government and connecting cheshire couldn’t make BT do areas like mine first.

    3. Avatar fastman2 says:

      jono is is a new developemtn, (less that 2 yeras old) and the developer dis not have any conversations with openreach arund fibre delployment it is possible it snot even been included in the intervention area or its close to virgin area and the data at a postcode level picked it up as a virgin area and therefore its not eligbi;le for funding

    4. Avatar Jono says:

      @fastman2 the estate is around 10 years old.

      It is included in Connecting Cheshire so will get done at some point. Just frustrates me seeing all these places getting it first that already have good ADSL or Virgin.

      The etstate isn’t rural and is a very easy job. Really it shouldn’t have been part of bduk as it is well and truly commercially viable.

  4. Avatar Jonny says:

    Still nothing for me at the start of Cwmaman (cab 14). They stopped at cab 13 two years back now and nothing since. My cab needs to find a new site because of highways objecting due to the extremely narrow pathway at the junction if the fibre cab was installed. A matter of inches I am told by highways but still not enough to allow a pram by – so a safety issue. I even have my own Suparfast Cymru representative. But still nothing.

    You can imagine why they bumped cab 14 down the list, trying to get utilities and highways & openreach to all agree on something is like trying to squeeze blood from a stone.

    On a positive note, by the time it happens I might well get the upgraded FTTP 105Mbits (I’m less than 150 meters from cab14.) Or at least better current tech.

    Its looking like it will be right at the end of the 2016 deadline.

    Drives me nuts having just 2-3Mbit.

    1. Avatar fastman2 says:

      objections t a cab can caused up t 3 years delay r removal completely from the prgramme (commercial or BDUK)if they were in the commercial they will be probably never deployed now

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