Broadband vouchers for Wales
Thursday 28th September, 2017
According to independent analysts, more than 91 per cent of properties in Wales have access to superfast broadband today. That’s better than Germany. This fact is often forgotten when criticism, selective use of data and misleading statements attract the headlines.
Before the end of 2017, tens of thousands of additional homes and businesses will benefit from access to superfast broadband. A large number of these properties will receive full fibre. This means a fibre connection all the way to your home or business, bringing with it access to ultrafast broadband speeds faster than parts of London or Manchester.
Ultrafast speeds are also becoming available via G.fast technology, which is being piloted in many parts of the UK, including both Swansea and Cardiff.
There will, of course, be a minority of properties across Wales which won’t be able to benefit from fibre by the end of 2017 and for those there are options.
The Welsh Government has £80m to invest in more coverage and expects to go to market to seek a partner later this year. It also has one of the most generous voucher schemes in the UK where up to £800 is available for homes and businesses which require superfast speeds from a list of approved suppliers and up to £10,000 available for businesses that need ultrafast speeds.
Openreach will also work with communities wishing to fund their own fibre solution via our Community Fibre Partnerships.
Other technologies and innovations might also offer a solution for some remote locations. Strides are being taken to make 4G mobile widely available across Wales, while Openreach is developing new technology, such as Long Reach VDSL.
Excerpt from a blog by Ed Hunt, Openreach Director for Wales.