Superfast broadband connects friends living 4000 miles apart as they plan dream wedding
Rebekah Thomas, who lives with her two-year-old son Harrison and husband Lee in Llanharan, has experienced first-hand how a superfast internet service has enabled her to stay in touch with friends and family living abroad.
With conventional broadband not adequately enabling her to Skype friends living in Nigeria and Sydney, Rebekah signed up to a superfast connection as soon as it became available in her area.
Rebekah said: “As soon as I switched to superfast I immediately noticed the difference on Skype calls to my friends living abroad. The sound quality is so much better now and the picture is crystal clear instead of grainy. The upgrade has enabled me to stay in touch with them on a regular basis, particularly with my best friend Rebecca, who lives in Nigeria and is currently planning her wedding.
“Since she got engaged in the summer and asked me to be a bridesmaid we have been speaking via Skype up to three times a week!
“Her wedding is taking place in Mexico in April and she wants me involved in every decision. She will call me to ask for advice on everything from shoes, table decorations and dresses to make-up, hair and flowers. The other week she even Skyped me to check how long my hair was and for feedback on her make-up after having a wedding trial.”
“The great connection means we can speak as much as we like for as long as we like while also helping to reduce the distance between us. Sometimes we both sit with a glass of wine chatting through plans and I feel like I am sitting on the sofa in her lounge with her.
“In addition to using Skype to stay in touch with Becky in Nigeria and my friend Abi in Sydney, my son also insists on Skyping his grandparents in Swansea and Ystrad Mynach on a daily basis. I also do all my shopping online from grocery to clothes, so a superfast connection makes this all so much simpler.”
Rebekah added that many of her colleagues and friends simply aren’t aware of its benefits, or are under the impression it’s far more expensive than conventional broadband.
She continued: “I’m surprised how many people don’t have it. I wanted superfast for ages, so as soon as it became available I was able to take advantage of a deal from my current provider which meant it was the same cost as regular broadband.”