This week’s instalment of Broadband Rollout Roundup sees superfast broadband pushed out to the sticks, specifically Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch, that Welsh village with the notoriously long name.
Llanfair Pwllgwyngyll, or Llanfair PG as some call it might still have pronunciation issues but at least residents can now enjoy better broadband speeds.
As well as villages in north west Wales, more locales in Lancashire have got superfast connections and the latest Broadband Delivery for the UK (BDUK) project was announced on Thursday. All in all, it’s another short, BT-centric roundup this week.
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Rollout of FTTC (Fibre to the Cabinet) broadband in the area will see homes and businesses in Llanfair Pwllgwyngyll able to get superfast broadband.
Alwyn Ellis, from Llanfair PG, a retired former electrical engineer, is an avid internet user who can’t wait to experience fibre broadband for himself. He said: “I’m really looking forward to getting fibre broadband. It will be a real boost to the village as a whole. I carry out some work for charities and still have an active interest in the engineering support services provided to the building trade. This will make a big difference to the speed with which I can download and send plans and spreadsheets and access the internet generally.”
The upgrades will see other properties connected to the Menai Bridge on the Isle of Anglesey able to benefit from faster broadband speeds. The roll-out in the north west corner of Wales is now providing fibre broadband to thousands of homes and businesses in Bangor, Caernarvon and Pwllheli. Other parts of North West Wales including the Dolgellau, Llanwnda, Port Dinorwic, Pothmadog and Waunfawr will benefit from fibre broadband upgrades over the summer.
This is the latest segment of the Superfast Cymru project, which BT has been tasked with carrying out. Superfast Cymru will eventually see 96 per cent of Wales benefit from faster connections.
Blackpool Tower lights up with 7,100 fibre optic broadband lines
Over 7,100 homes and companies in Blackpool will be able to sign up for FTTC broadband once BT engineers complete their work in the coming weeks. As well as this, 7,300 premises in nearby Lytham will also benefit from FTTC rollout.
Elsewhere in Lancashire, 30,000 homes and businesses in Blackburn are joining the high-speed revolution as engineers complete the local investment in the coming weeks.
Around 15,000 families and firms in Ribbleton will also be able to order in FTTC broadband over the next few weeks.
Overall that’s 59,400 new connections for Lancashire in the pipeline.
Superfast Cornwall engineers go above and beyond the call of duty on Scilly Isle
Not technically a rollout story, but some good news nonetheless. When working on upgrading the broadband connections in St. Mary on the Scilly Isles, BT engineers working came to the aid of a visitor who collapsed near Pendrathen while out running.
According to local papers West Morning News and Scilly Today, the BT staff performed CPR on the man and assisted the ambulance crew who praised the engineers for their quick thinking. The man is now believed to be recovering in Truro.
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