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Aberdaron takes to the superfast highwave

This press release was published under the 2011 - 2016 Welsh government

Faster surfing speeds are now becoming available to residents and visitors in Aberdaron, on the most western tip of the Llyn Peninsula, as Superfast Cymru rolls out superfast broadband in the area.
Friday 18 March 2016

Ahead of the busy Easter holidays, more than 40 per cent of households and businesses served by the Aberdaron exchange are now be able to place orders for superfast broadband.

Work will continue over the coming months making faster broadband available to  more premises in this exchange area.

Superfast Cymru, which is a partnership between the Welsh Government and BT, with additional funding from Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) is bringing superfast broadband speeds to areas which would otherwise not receive it.  

Gwynedd was one of the areas of Wales where no rollout of superfast broadband was planned by private sector companies as they did not find it to be commercially viable for them alone to do it.  

To date, more than 45,000 households and businesses and 74 per cent of premises in Gwynedd can already access superfast broadband as a result of Superfast Cymru.

In addition to Aberdaron, the rollout is further advanced in some other local exchange areas, such as Abersoch where coverage has reached 71 per cent, Nefyn 74 per cent, Llanbedrog 80 per cent and Rhiw 99 per cent.

Work is continuing across the county as engineers from BT’s local network business, Openreach, connect more and more premises every day, often in challenging conditions.

Throughout Wales, Superfast Cymru has provided access to superfast broadband speeds to over 565,000 homes and businesses across all 22 local authorities.

Deputy Minister for Skills and Technology, Julie James, said:

“Stable and fast online connection is becoming increasingly important in the tourism sector and Superfast Cymru is delivering that.

“In Aberdaron, superfast broadband access could allow visitors to upload their surf videos faster, download maps and images of picturesque walks to be undertaken and find out about the history of the area on the internet more quickly.

“Superfast Cymru is making a real difference throughout Wales and work is continuing to deliver access to superfast broadband for more communities.”

Ed Hunt, BT programme director for Superfast Cymru, said:

“Superfast broadband is having a huge impact on the way we live our lives in Wales.

“While there’s still a considerable amount of work to do in Gwynedd, we’ve come an extremely long way in a very short pace of time.

“Reaching Aberdaron was a huge engineering challenge, but we’re not going stop there. Our engineers are out every day in all weathers giving more and more homes and businesses access to superfast broadband across the county. Our plans include communities such as Tudweiliog, Nefyn, Chwilog, Garn Dolbenmaen, Bontddu, Rhydymain to name but a few.”

The Superfast Cymru programme is a huge undertaking that involves Openreach engineers laying 17,500kms of optical fibre cable, installing around 3,000 new green roadside cabinets and sees, on average, more than 100 premises getting access to superfast broadband across Wales every hour.

If households or businesses are able to receive superfast broadband, the upgrade will not happen automatically and they should contact their Internet Service Provider (ISP) to order the service.

Homes and businesses which cannot yet receive superfast broadband through Superfast Cymru can receive grants to have faster broadband in other ways, such as satellite.

Further details on these schemes are available on: gov.wales/broadband

 

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