A public meeting which took place in a Denbighshire village to discuss problems with access to high speed broadband in the area has resulted in some positive outcomes. The meeting, organised by Clwyd West Assembly Member Darren Millar, in Llanarmon yn I?l was well attended, in spite of the weather and the time of the day it was held. People came from Llanfair DC, Llandegla, Llanbedr DC, Eryrys, Tafarn y Gelyn and Graianrhyd.
Mr Millar said: “I called this meeting as dates for installation and access to high speed broadband keep being delayed without explanation leaving householders and firms in the area extremely frustrated. Geraint Strello, Regional Manager of BT/Openreach was in attendance to answer questions and he provided an update on the rollout of Superfast Broadband and some of the challenges which have caused the delays. Mr Millar added: “He agreed to improve communications with local residents, investigate each individual case reported to him, and also to look into reports of unreliable telephone connections in the Eryrys and Graianrhyd area.
“It was a very productive meeting. I would like to thank BT/Openreach for attending, as well as all the residents who came out in the rough weather to air their views. Hopefully we can now all work together to provide residents with the broadband and telephone services they need.”
Denbighshire councillor Martyn Holland, who also attended the meeting, said: “Access to decent broadband speeds is becoming more and more essential for households and businesses whether based in urban or rural communities.
It is vital that BT/Openreach do everything possible to improve the rollout of these services in the area.”
Both Loggerheads Country Park and Bryneglwys in Denbighshire are among 100 communities from across the UK which were shortlisted by Vodafone UK to receive 3G coverage under its Rural Open Sure Signal programme as part of a 1billion programme of network and service improvements. Welcoming the announcement by Vodafone UK, Rebecca Maxwell, Denbighshire’s Director for Economic and Community Ambition, said: “This is really good news for Denbighshire. We identified improving digital infrastructure, including mobile phone coverage, as a priority in our plans for developing Denbighshire’s economy.
“We know that businesses, residents and visitors expect high quality mobile and digital access in this modern world and if our communities and businesses are to prosper, it’s important that they have that access too. “Our work to date on our Digital Denbighshire Plan has included comprehensive mapping of broadband and mobile network provision across the county, including not spots and then looking at practical ways to target infrastructure improvements in order to complement the Superfast Cymru project. Businesses have told us that improving digital infrastructure is important to them so we have also been working with BT on the Superfast Cymru Programme and following this will be supporting a range of initiatives through our Digital Denbighshire project to help businesses thrive in today s digital world.”
Ms Maxwell added: “This development by Vodafone UK fits perfectly with the work we are doing. It’s a positive step towards our aim of ensuring the whole county will benefit from good mobile and broadband coverage and we’re really pleased they’ve responded to our request for help.” Jorge Fernandez, Vodafone UK Chief Technology Officer, said: I am delighted Loggerheads has been shortlisted as one of our 100 ROSS communities and I m excited about the transformation this pioneering programme could bring to the community.
The communities who have worked with us to introduce Open Sure Signal have all told us how life has improved markedly, from the ability to make an appointment at the local doctor to telling their families they are running late for lunch.
We are committed to investing hugely in our network and using innovative technologies such as Sure Signal to provide coverage to rural communities means we can reach areas where it s been impossible to reach using traditional means.
Posted on Monday 27th April 2015