The Council has finally received a response from Openreach regarding the issue of when this rural area will be in receipt of superfast broadband. Having attended meetings with DCC in Ruthin, written various emails and letters, the Clerk can now report that, thanks to Susan Elan Jones MP, Superfast Broadband will be available in this area from the end of March 2018.
Openreach has reviewed in full all the post-codes submitter by the Clerk, including the Horseshoe Pass, World’s End, Eglwyseg, Pentredŵr, Llantysilio, Rhewl and Pentrefelin, and reports that it currently has a large project underway to provide fibre broadband across the areas mentioned.
Delivering fibre broadband across rural areas is a challenge. The majority of commercial fibre roll out, begun in 2009, has centred around upgrading existing green street cabinets for fibre services via the Fibre to the Cabinet (FTTC) technology. However, FTTC has its limitations. For those in harder-to-reach areas that are not within 1.5km of a cabinet, or who are not connected to a cabinet at all, for example lines that are directly wired to the exchange (Exchange Only or EO lines), which have no intervening cabinet, alternative technologies need to be sought. However this can be costly and require some kind of public funding.
The Superfast Cymru team are in the process of delivering a Fibre to Premises solution across the above areas, the solution being to provide fibre cables from the exchange right into premises, bypassing the existing telephone network completely. Delivering FTTP is a massive civil and technical engineering undertaking, with new cables being installed over long distances and is capable of delivering ultrafast broadband speed of up to 330Mbps.
If any residents need information on progress, register with Superfast Cymru team and check the website below for the latest details: -