The BT-led Superfast Cymru project will connect an extra 206,000 homes in Wales by Spring 2015.
The project aims to connect around 96 per cent of Welsh homes and businesses to broadband connections providing download speeds of 25Mbps by Spring 2016.
The extra locations, spread across 151 towns and villages, will increase availability of FTTC (Fibre to the Cabinet) broadband on BT’s Openreach network, which currently provides top download speeds of 80Mbps.
These will join another 120 communities in Wales either already live or due to be switched on as part of Superfast Cymru by the end of spring next year.
Read Recombu Digital’s guides to Welsh Broadband and BDUKIt is expected that these two build phases, which covers 480,000 premises in total, bring fibre-based broadband to around 75 per cent of Wales, in addition to those areas already connected by BT under its £2.5 billion commercial rollout.
Ed Hunt, BT programme director for Superfast Cymru added: “We are making great progress, passing on average more than 5,000 premises a week with fibre broadband between now and the end of March 2015.
“Through BT’s own commercial roll-out and now with Superfast Cymru we are taking world class speeds the length and breadth of Wales to some of the more rural as well as urban areas.”
Superfast Cymru recently announced that it was on track to connect 100,000 premises by Spring 2014.
While most homes and businesses will be connected to FTTC, a smaller percentage of locations will benefit from the faster and future-proofed FTTP (Fibre to the Premises)-type connections.
These provide top download speeds of 330Mbps and unlike FTTC, speed doesn’t degrade over distance. Eventually, everyone with an FTTC line should be able to upgrade their connection to FTTP under the FTTP On Demand. This is currently a business-only proposition and is priced way beyond the means of most UK homes.
The full list of Welsh communities to connected under this new phase is:
|Caerphilly||Cross Keys, Machen, Nelson, Rhymney, Risca, Senghenydd, Ynysddu|
Amman Valley, Carmarthen, Hebron, Llanbydder, Maesycrugiau, Pencader, Pumpsaint, Upper Cwmtwrch, Velindre
|Ceredigion||Aberaeron, Aeron, Aberporth, Borth, Bow Street, Bronant, Capel Bangor, Cardigan, Crosswood, Cwrtnewydd, Lampeter, Llanarth, Llandyssul, Llangybi, Llanilar, Llanon, Llechryd, Nebo, Newcastle Emlyn, New Quay, Ponterwyd, Ponthrydygroes, Pontrhydfendigaid, Pontshaen, Talybont, Tregaron|
Bodfari, Bryneglwys, Cyffylliog, Denbigh, Dyserth, Glyndwr, Llanarmon-yn-Ial, Llandegla, Llandrillo, Llandyrnog, Llangollen, Llanynys, Maerdy, Rhuddlan, Ruthin, St Asaph, Trefnant
|Flintshire||Caerwys, Halkyn, Kinnerton, Llanferres|
|Gwynedd||Bontddu, Ganllwyd, Tudweiliog|
|Neath Port Talbot||Crynant, Cymmer, Glantawe, Glynneath, Pontardawe, Resolven, Seven Sisters, Skewen|
|Monmouthshire||Gilwern, Magor, Nantyderry, Tredunnock Usk|
|Pembrokeshire||Boncath, Crosswell, Crymych, Dinas Cross, Llwyndrain, Moylegrove, Newport|
Abercrave, Abermule, Berriew, Brecon, Builth Wells, Bwlch, Caersws, Carno, Castle Caereinion, Church Stoke, Crickhowell, Erwood, Forden, Guilsfield, Hay-on-Wye, Hundred House, Gladestry, Kerry, Kington, Knighton, Llanbrynmair, Llanfair Caereinion, Llandrindod Wells, Llangamarch Wells, Llangurig, Llanfrynach, Llanfyllin, Llangorse, Llanidloes, Llanymynech, Newtown, Llanrhaeadr, Llansantffraid, Llanwrtyd Wells, Merthyr Cynog, Montgomery, Newbridge-on-Wye, Penybont, New Radnor, Pennant, Presteigne, Rhayader, Sennybridge, Talgarth, Talybont-on-Usk, Trefeglwys, Tregynon, Trewern, Welshpool
Bangor-on-Dee, Chirk, Dutton Diffeth, Glyn Ceiriog, Hanmer, Overton-on-Dee, Redbrook Maelor, Rossett, Rhosllanerchrugog, Ruabon
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