We hear noises of big digging in Cornwall, more locations in North Yorkshire getting superfast next year, and a promise to complete Rutland’s rollout this year, but it’s been a quiet week for broadband rollout activation news.
West Wales was celebrating, however, as BT’s state-funded FTTC (fibre to the cabinet) expansion took off, and the fibre-digging farmers of Lancashire continued their home-by-home fibre-upping of the dales.
Bangor bags Wales’s first Superfast Cymru fibre cabinet
The first fibre broadband cabinet installed as part of the £335 million Superfast Cymru scheme was unveiled this week.
Welsh Government business minister, Edwina Hart, and British communications minister Ed Vaizey unwrapped the symbolic green cabinet in Bangor High Street, one of several installed around the city.
The first customers will be connected this Spring, as BT Openreach engineers continue a programme which will see 17,500km of fibre connected to 3,000 new FTTC street cabinets.
Bangor is the first location to go live, in a first wave with Caernarfon, Dolgellau, Menai Bridge, Porthmadog, Pwllheli, Ebbw Vale and Tredegar.
The programme will ultimately reach 96 per cent of Welsh homes and businesses, but doesn’t have any scope to improve the lot of the remaining four per cent via alternative broadband technology.
Five get faster with B4RN
Fresh from their winter fayre at Arkholme village hall, the diggers of B4RN connected five more customers in the village this week.
The new users get speeds of up to a gigabit on FTTP (fibre to the premises), even in a farm 4km from the village, which would be in the slow lane with BT’s FTTC solution being rolled out to many parts of the UK.
Broadband for the Rural North coordinator Chris Conder was also busy presenting the project’s success story at the Fibre To The Home 2013 conference in Excel.