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Half a million milestone passed in Wales: Broadband Rollout Roundup 22/06/13

This week’s Broadband Rollout Roundup has a distinct Celtic edge as news of superfast broadband reaching half a million locations across Wales reaches our ears.

As well as this, thousands more locations in Kirkcaldy, Fife get connected and hundreds more homes have been connected in Cornwall’s Roseland peninsula.

In less celebratory news, we’ve heard that plans to connect parts of Edinburgh to superfast broadband have fallen afoul of EU state aid regulation, but it looks like money from the Urban Broadband Fund (UBF) will be spent on other inner city solutions (read: more public WiFi) instead.

This is Broadband Rollout Roundup for the week ending June 22, 2013.

Rhyl Sweet Deal: Superfast connections for 500,000 premises across Wales

Broadband rollout in the town of Rhyl marks an important milestone in the Welsh superfast story. Over 500,000 premises in the country can now order superfast broadband from BT of the FTTC (Fibre to the Cabinet) and FTTP (Fibre to the Premises) variety.

Of the two, it’s the former that’s more common, offering top speeds of 80Mbps. The faster and more future-proofed FTTP lines provide top speeds of 330Mbps and unlike FTTC, which has a copper last mile, the speeds don’t degrade over distance.

Once the work in Rhyl is complete, over 13,000 premises across the area to access speeds of up to 80Mbps via FTTC.

Ann Beynon, BT director for Wales, added: “Passing the 500,000 mark is a significant milestone in Wales’s development and commitment to become one of the world’s leading countries for high-speed communications. BT’s extensive fibre network is expanding rapidly in Wales bringing a boost for local economies wherever it goes.”

Long time coming for Lang Toun: Kirkcaldy nets 17,600 connections

Over 17,600 homes and businesses in Kirkcaldy will be able to order superfast broadband as engineers complete work over the coming weeks. FTTC-based broadband will be available to order from these premises connected to the Kirkcaldy exchange.

Superfast Cornwall connects 560 homes and businesses on the Roseland Peninsula

The Superfast Cornwall project aims to have 95 per cent of the region connected to superfast speeds by 2015 and the latest area to benefit from this grandiose plan is the Roseland Peninsula.

Roughly 560 properties in the villages of Portscatho and Gerrans are now able to connect to speeds promising up to 80Mbps, whereas before the area was one of the many ‘not spots’ where even getting a basic broadband service was a tall order.

Mark Hatwood who runs the Harbour Gallery, in Portscatho was one of the first to order fibre broadband, saying: “Since the Superfast Cornwall programme began, I have looked forward to faster broadband becoming available here in Portscatho. Superfast broadband offers so many opportunities for both my own and other local businesses to develop into new areas, and I am looking forward to being able to reach out to new customers and continue developing the services I can offer from right here in the heart of the Roseland.”

Ranulf Scarbrough, BT’s programme director for Superfast Cornwall, adds: “This announcement represents a huge transformation for the telecommunications network on the Roseland Peninsula. Using cutting edge technologies and a new fibre cable crossing at the King Harry Ferry, we are aiming to deliver a new fibre optic broadband infrastructure which will benefit hundreds more homes and businesses on the Roseland by the time the rollout completes in 2014.”


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