BT is delivering Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) in Flintshire as of Spring 2012. Which will mean that homes and businesses in Saltney will become the first in Wales to have access FTTP broadband speeds of in excess 110 Mbps
The super-fast service will be offered in six UK locations, including communities served by South Chester telephone exchange, by the end of the month. Some homes and businesses in Saltney as well as Lache, Heronbridge and Handbridge will be among the communities to benefit.
Ann Beynon, BT director for Wales states that: “Today is a significant step in the UK’s broadband journey and it is great to see this corner of North Wales playing a leading role in the development of this exciting technology. These developments will transform broadband speeds across the country and propel the UK up the broadband league tables.”
Communications Minister Ed Vaizey agrees highlighting that BT’s announcement is significant since “improving the UK’s broadband infrastructure will help our high-tech, digital industries grow.
We welcome BT’s announcement because for vast sways of the population and businesses in Wales, reliable, fast and cost effective broadband is a real issue. However whilst today’s announcement is to be applauded, communities and businesses across the Principality need to proactively engage with their Service Providers and the Welsh Government to highlight their plight if they are not stranded on the wrong side of the Digital Divide.