FROM December this year, superfast broadband services will be delivered to exchanges from Cross Hands, Saudersfoot and Tenby allowing homes and businesses in the localities to access broadband speeds up to three times faster than the UK average.
Superfast Cymru, the largest partnership of its kind in the UK, is working towards the Welsh Government s target to extend fast fibre broadband to 96 per cent of premises in Wales by 2016. Welcoming the most recent update from BT the company working in partnership with the Welsh Government to roll out the programme – Rebecca Evans AM, Assembly Member for Mid and West Wales, said: This is great news for households. It is also good news for businesses many of which rely on fast and reliable internet speeds.
Superfast broadband will allow many rural businesses to flourish, and will allow homes across Wales to enjoy the benefits of things such as online streaming of films and music at much greater speeds. The Superfast Cymru Programme aims to bring fibre optic broadband to homes and businesses across 96% of Wales by 2016. It will provide the majority of business and residential premises with the capability of accessing broadband at speeds in excess of 30Mbps.
According to the regulator Ofcom the current average broadband speed in Wales is around 9Mbps, so Superfast Cymru will deliver a significant uplift in speeds.
The Mayor of London has promised ultra-fast download and upload speeds for the capital’s tablet, dongle and smartphone users by 2020.
According to Boris Johnson, 5G mobile broadband services will arrive in London by the end of the decade.
As reported by the Telegraph, he claimed network operators will work in collaboration with the University of Surrey on new technologies to deliver faster speeds.
London is earning a reputation for being the tech capital of Europe,” Mr Johnson stated.
“That is why we need to ensure every Londoner is able to access the very best digital connectivity.”
He claimed that rapidly improving connectivity in London is “a key part” of its infrastructure plan, designed to ensure the competitiveness of the capital over future decades.
But according to the City of London Corporation, there is plenty of work to do on this front.
Writing for City AM, Policy Chairman Mark Boleat claimed that businesses and households in the Square Mile are still unable to access fibre broadband services.
He called for more affordable connectivity solutions, as an alternative to leased lines, for this part of the city.