More than 80,000 additional homes and businesses in Wales are set to benefit from a major broadband boost thanks to a £25m investment by Openreach – the UK’s largest digital network provider, used by the likes of BT, Sky and TalkTalk, Vodafone and Zen.
When work is finished, people living and working in a further 9 communities across South Wales will be able to contact their broadband provider and upgrade to full fibre broadband, with the new network being built to the majority of premises in: Sketty, Gowerton, Ravenhill, Culverhouse, Llanrumney, Llanedeyrn, Cwmbran, Risca and Maindee.
This is a further boost for Ultrafast broadband across Wales as it follows several key announcements last year outlining plans that more than half a million homes and businesses would be getting access to Openreach’s new network, including hundreds of thousands in rural and harder to serve areas.
Full fibre broadband is up to ten times faster than the average home broadband connection and around five times more reliable than the traditional copper-based network, providing more predictable, consistent speeds.
Across Wales more than 100,000 homes and businesses have already ordered a full fibre service from a range of retail service providers using the Openreach network. But this means that thousands more could be benefiting from some of the fastest, most reliable broadband connections in Europe and have yet to upgrade.
Recent research by the Centre for Economics and Business Research (Cebr) highlighted the clear economic benefits of connecting everyone in Wales to full fibre. It estimated this would create a £2 billion boost to the Welsh economy.