Work begins on bringing Wrexham super-fast broadband

Reporter:

Phil Robinson

WORK is under way to deliver super-fast broadband to 15,000 homes and businesses in Wrexham.

Wrexham North and Gresford are among the latest places included in BT’s £2.5 billion roll-out of fibre broadband.

It will take the number of homes and businesses in Wales with access to the new super-fast network to more than 300,000.

Internet users with a fibre broadband connection can do much more online, all at the same time.
 

A family could be downloading a movie, watching a TV replay service, surfing the internet and playing games online.

A music track can be downloaded in about two seconds, a whole album in 30 seconds and a feature length HD movie in 10 minutes.

BT says that due to the current network topography, and the economics of deployment, it is likely that some premises within the selected exchange areas will not initially be able to be served by fibre-based broadband.

However, it says its local network business Openreach is actively looking at alternative solutions for these locations. Ann Beynon, BT director for Wales, said: “BT’s roll-out of super-fast broadband is marching on at a rapid pace.

“Our latest investment in Wrexham North and Gresford will propel internet users at home and at work into the 21st century fast lane, and marks another milestone in the development of North Wales’s next generation communications.”

Wrexham AM Lesley Griffiths said: “This represents a significant investment in the communications infrastructure of Wrexham North and Gresford, and is welcome news for residents and businesses there.

“The speed of internet connection is becoming increasingly important and can help give businesses competitive advantage.”

Ken Skates, AM for Clwyd South, said: “The roll-out of robust superfast broadband is vital to the future of communities in North Wrexham because it will offer better access to an extended range of public services as well as the economic opportunities provided by new digital technologies.”

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