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Progress Report – 565K Premises in Wales Benefit from Superfast Cymru

Thursday, March 17th, 2016 (10:22 am) - Score 503

The state aid supported Superfast Cymru project, which hopes to push BT’s “fibre broadband” (FTTC/P) network out to 96% of Wales by the end of 2016 (691,000 extra premises) and a further 42,000 premises by June 2017, has today issued a useful region-by-region progress update.

According to a Written Statement from the Welsh Government, some 565,000 residential homes and business premises across all 22 local authorities in Wales have now been upgraded as part of the project.

On top of that a 25% take-up rate is reported for the areas that have benefited (i.e. those with cabinets that have been enabled for 12 months or over), which should in theory return some of the investment via BT in order to further enhance coverage.

So far over £159 million is said to have been invested in the roll-out of superfast broadband under Superfast Cymru, which the update claims has resulted in over 73% of total eligible premises across Wales receiving accesses to “fibre-speed broadband connectivity.”

We also get a rather useful breakdown of progress in every major local authority area of Wales. The * below is said to denote local authorities that have had “no access to superfast broadband connectivity prior to Superfast Cymru intervention“.

So far everything appears to be going according to plan, although there’s still the usual question mark over the eventual coverage of “superfast” (30Mbps+) speeds and take note that the percentages below reflect “eligible premises” (i.e. this won’t always reflect the whole area total for a given region).

Local Authority Superfast Cymru Eligible Premises Complete Percentage of Superfast Cymru Eligible Premises Complete
Blaenau Gwent * 31,379 96.23%
Bridgend 18,258 83.42%
Caerphilly 25,060 84.75%
Cardiff 4,126 49.38%
Carmarthenshire 40,257 60.35%
Ceredigion * 18,941 53.87%
Conwy * 44,743 84.11%
Denbighshire 19,527 67.73%
Flintshire 22,606 70.87%
Gwynedd * 46,202 74.44%
Anglesey * 26,356 75.14%
Merthyr Tydfil * 25,619 94.24%
Monmouthshire 13,039 55.99%
Neath Port Talbot 20,985 79.59%
Newport 9,021 72.81%
Pembrokeshire * 43,639 71.38%
Powys * 37,582 57.22%
RCT 46,745 92.75%
Swansea 19,528 72.35%
Torfaen 17,383 85.45%
Vale of Glamorgan 12,978 69.85%
Wrexham 21,055 71.63%

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2 Responses
  1. Avatar jon says:

    Lots of fttp going up in wrexham and fintshire at the moment in very remote areas refreshing to see

  2. Avatar Hector Lloyd-Jones says:

    Openreach have passed most of rural Denbighshire by with their fibre. In Llanynys they have connected one cabinet but left 70 percent of the users out

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