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How superfast is your area?</p><p>Speedy broadband now available to 90% of Welsh premises 0

How superfast is your area?

Speedy broadband now available to 90% of Welsh premises

Superfast broadband is now reaching nine out ten premises in Wales – transforming the digital landscape despite failing to meet the original 96% target. Since 2014 the increase in access to superfast net speeds has been dramatic for some North Wales counties. In Conwy it went from a shockingly low 5% of premises with access in July 2014 to close to 90% today while in Denbighshire it went from 38% to 81% over the same period.

Read More Every county now has between 80% and 90% access rates (Source: thinkbroadband) – although this remains below the 96% target originally set by the Welsh Government under Superfast Cymru. This improvement has been crucial for the digital economy – opening up opportunities for businesses and making the area more attractive for hi-tech firms looking to relocate. Percentage of premises able to access fast broadband.

Source: thinkbroadband Conwy: 88%(5% in 2014) Gwynedd: 81% (57%) Denbighshire: 81% (38%) Anglesey: 80% (58%) Flintshire: 89% (77%) Wrexham 90% (52%) Paul Roberts, who founded tech firms Stockomendation and Risc IT Solutions in Llandudno, said the expansion in net speeds was creating opportunities. We can compete nationally He said: “Having worked in the digital world in Wales, since 2000 starting Wales first cloud business Risc IT Solutions to now also founding Wales first Fintech 50 business, Stockomendation, I have seen first-hand the changes increased broadband speeds and bandwidth have made to our technology businesses. Read More “The roll-out of Superfast broadband has increased the adoption of Cloud services supplied by Risc IT Solutions across the UK and not just Wales and continues to expand our reach.

Paul Roberts from Stockomendation “This has meant quicker access to the increased amounts of data businesses hold, the ability to work from mobile, laptops or tablets and greater security through off site Cloud backup and virtual servers. “It also allows new ground breaking financial technology companies like Stockomendation to not be tied to central locations like London, so we can compete nationally and internationally with the added bonus of having a fantastic lifestyle living and working in the beauty of North Wales.” Read More A Welsh Government spokesperson said: “Superfast Cymru is making good progress. “At the end of March over 645,000 premises across Wales were able to access superfast broadband as a result. BT has confirmed it expects to deliver 30Mbps download speeds to around 690,000 premises before the programme closes at the end of December 2017. ‘Whole counties would have no superfast broadband’ “Whole counties such as Gwynedd, Conwy and Anglesey would have no superfast broadband at all without the intervention of Superfast Cymru. Read More “The most recent Ofcom report showed that Wales has the best superfast broadband availability amongst the devolved nations, with over eight out ten premises with access.

This compares with just over half in 2014. “We are currently consulting on the next stage where we are looking at the final few percent of premises not covered by the Superfast Cymru rollout or by the telecommunications companies’ own plans. “The consultation is the result of detailed research and includes a list of potential premises without superfast broadband. We would urge those currently without access to take part in this consultation.” Better overall approach needed Mike Learmond, FSB North Wales Development Manager, said: “Whilst customers that have benefitted from upgrades to service are seeing the difference, the fact remains that not all businesses are seeing an improved service. Openreach Engineer laying fibre in a duct as part of BT’s £2.5bn super-fast broadband programme. “We need a much better overall approach to digital connectivity which can work to address gaps across networks and providers. “For example, it is frustrating for businesses that may have access to superfast broadband, but no mobile phone signal or 4G capability when they leave the office.

Read More “Also, now that the infrastructure is in place there is still more work to do to encourage businesses to engage with Superfast Cymru in order to take advantage of the opportunities offered by Fibre broadband.” Secretary of State for Wales Alun Cairns said: “Digital connectivity was once a nice-to-have. It is now essential. And we have come a long way in Wales. “Thanks to the UK Government’s £66.9million investment in superfast broadband in Wales, over 645,000 Welsh homes and businesses can now get access to superfast broadband, and an additional 80,000 premises are expected to benefit from this investment by the end of 2017.

Read More “But we need to keep the UK moving with the demands of the digital age. “Our tremendous progress to date in Wales, coupled with the £400m funding available through the new Digital Infrastructure Fund will equip Welsh businesses with the tools they need to grow, and Welsh homes with the technology to be part of our online global community.” From 2018 the Welsh Government will be working on how to reach the final few per cent of premises without access to superfast broadband. So that this work is as accurate as possible it needs to hear from those not yet connected. A list of potential premises has been published and is open for comments until July 13.

An interactive map can help residents and businesses check if they are already included on the list.

The Welsh Government also wants to hear from communities who have an interest in driving their own solutions.

Consultation at https://consultations.gov.wales/consultations/next-generation-access-broadband

North Wales Sky broadband back on after more than 24 hour blackout 0

North Wales Sky broadband back on after more than 24 hour blackout

SKY Broadband customers across the region are now back online after plagued by over 24 hours of connectivity issues. Outages for both Sky and Talk Talk broadband users across the region were first reported on Friday morning. But this afternoon, engineers have confirmed that all known network issues have now been resolved.

Since Friday morning, connectivity issues had been reported at Flint, Holywell, Mostyn, Rhyl, Wrexham North, Abergele, Amlwch, Bangor, Bethesda, Holyhead, Llanfairfechan, Llangefni, Llanberis, Llanwnda, Menai Bridge, Old Colwyn, Penygroes, Valley, Buckley, Aberconwy, Colwyn Bay, Llandudno, Llanrwst, Penmaenmawr, Rhuddlan, Rhos on Sea and St Asaph.

A Sky spokesman tweeted: “Customers will now be able to get online & make/receive calls. “We’re very sorry for the inconvenience.”

Science minister visits Bangor University to see work to make superfast 5G mobile become a reality 0

Science minister visits Bangor University to see work to make superfast 5G mobile become a reality

Bangor University 1 ’s School of Electronic Engineering was visited by the Welsh Government 2 ’s Minister for Skills and Science recently. During the visit, Julie James AM was taken on a tour of the school’s state-of-the-art laboratories and was given a demonstration of the work undertaken by Prof Jianming Tang and his Optical Communications Research Group (OCRG). At present, the group’s research activities are mainly focused on exploring cutting-edge signal processing technologies, including super-fast 5G mobile networks currently being developed.

As Prof Tang explained: “By working on advanced digital signal processing technology, we will significantly improve the functionality of mobile networks. In time, this could result in universal broadband coverage and a super-reliable service for us as consumers.” Read More Bangor University, in collaboration with M-SParc, the new science park currently under construction on Anglesey 3 , have recently been working to establish a Digital Signal Processing Centre of Excellence on the site. The proposed centre would bring together the expertise of ten industrial partners that have been undertaking research collaborations with the OCRG for the past 10 years.

The centre would seek to develop innovative solutions to address industrial challenges with a sharp focus on not only improving their existing products, processes or services but also introducing new ones in a cost-effective way. Reflecting on her visit, the Minister said: “I’ve been very pleased to see the research under way at Bangor University’s School of Electronic Engineering in exploring the future of communications infrastructure. Technology is constantly developing and it’s great this cutting edge work, led by Prof Tang, is happening right here in Wales. “The Welsh Government’s aim is to bring fast reliable broadband to every property in Wales.

The Superfast Cymru programme is bringing superfast broadband to areas which would otherwise not receive it. “Eight out of ten premises can now receive it resulting in Wales having the highest availability of superfast broadband among the devolved nations. “No part of Gwynedd 4 would have access to superfast broadband without the intervention of Superfast Cymru.

Now nearly 50,000 premises in the county can access it with more being able to take advantage of superfast speeds as the rollout continues.” Read More According to Prof Paul Spencer, dean of the College of Physical and Applied Sciences at Bangor University, OCRG’s activities have huge potential for academia, the telecommunications industry and for us as consumers: “The work that Prof Tang and his group have undertaken over the last 10 years has resulted in over £5m worth of direct investment by some of the giants of the telecommunications world. “By working in collaboration with the industry and by pushing the boundaries of cutting-edge technology, they are effectively challenging the way the industry provides us as consumers with the data that we need in our daily lives for our laptops, mobiles and TVs.

It also establishes Bangor University and the wider region as being at the forefront of these exciting developments.” References ^ Bangor University (www.dailypost.co.uk) ^ Welsh Government (www.dailypost.co.uk) ^ Anglesey (www.dailypost.co.uk) ^ Gwynedd (www.dailypost.co.uk)