Welsh broadband hopefuls can stoke their anticipation with a new phone number and postcode checker for the Superfast Cymru national rollout programme.
You can search for local fibre coverage by phone number, getting a choice of ‘Yes – find an ISP’, ‘Number Not Recognised’ or ‘Register For More Information’ when we tried it out.
The postcode checker isn’t actually that new – it’s the standard BT Openreach exchange information tool wrapped in the distinctive Superfast Cymru artwork at www.superfast-wales.com/where-and-when.
It will deliver more information about upgrades to your local exchange available for up to 12 months ahead, but no cabinet-level data.
BT programme director, Ed Hunt, said: “The Superfast Cymru roll-out requires meticulous planning and major engineering work and the postcode and line checker is underpinning our commitment to keep people informed of progress.
“It will provide a valuable resource to let people know approximately when they will be able to order fibre broadband from their service provider.”
It is slightly buggy as well – the postcode checker won’t load in some browsers unless the page is manually refreshed after you accept cookies.
Welsh deputy minister for skills and technology, Jeff Cuthbert, said: “Superfast Cymru will transform the broadband landscape across Wales, making the country one of the most connected countries in Europe.
“This post code and line checker will now allow people to find out when they can expect to connect to next generation broadband.”
Superfast Cymru is a £425m partnership between the Welsh Government and BT to extend FTTC broadband beyond BT’s commercial rollout, and boost ADSL speeds for other areas.