Super-fast fibre broadband now live in Maindee
Upgrade hailed by Newport Council leader Bob Bright as more than 8,600 local homes and businesses to benefit from BT’s £2.5 billion roll-out
Super-fast broadband is live in the Maindee area of Newport BT has announced. Around 6,000 homes and businesses now have access to the high-speed technology – and this figure will increase to more than 8,600 as engineers complete the local upgrade in the coming weeks.
The BT investment was welcomed by Bob Bright, leader of Newport Council who described it as great news for the city. He said: “This is very good news for this part of Newport, particularly in these economically challenging times.
“High speed fibre broadband is in effect the ‘fourth utility’ and is essential if we are to create new opportunities and a sustainable future. It will give local businesses a competitive edge as well as opening new doors in
Maindee for people of every age and background by transforming opportunities for work, lifelong learning, healthcare and leisure.”
Maindee joins other parts of the Newport City Council area including Malpas and Bettws, Maesglas, Caerleon and Castleton where fibre broadband is already available. By the end of Spring 2014 nearly 45,000 homes and businesses will be able to benefit from BT’s £2.5 billion fibre programme.
BT’s commercial roll-out, which includes Maindee, is in addition to the Welsh Government and BT’s Superfast Cymru project which will help the Welsh Government achieve its aim of taking fibre broadband to 96 per cent of Welsh homes and businesses by the end of spring, 2016.
Rhiwderin is scheduled to go live by the end of the year as part of the Superfast Cymru roll-out and Llanwern and Penhow will join them in 2014.
Ann Beynon, BT’s director for Wales, said: “The expansion of fibre broadband continues at a world class pace with Maindee the latest place to benefit as part of our commercial programme. More than half a million homes and businesses across Wales already have access to our new fibre network. Local people now have the opportunity to join them and find out for themselves why there’s such a buzz about fibre broadband.
“Whatever you’re doing online, you can do it better and faster with fibre. Whether it’s shopping, downloading music and video, watching TV, social networking, studying or researching homework, once you’ve switched to fibre you’ll never look back. Outside the home, it also has huge potential for public services and city businesses.
“Businesses working better with fibre tell us it’s helping them in a wealth of ways, from day to day activities like downloading software, collaborating with clients and moving large data files around to big business decisions like expanding the workforce or introducing better quality IT services at less cost.”
BT’s fibre footprint currently passes more than 16 million UK homes and businesses. It’s due to pass two-thirds of UK premises – around 19 million premises – by the end of Spring 2014, at least 18 months ahead of the original timetable. 1
Openreach, BT’s local network business, is primarily deploying fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) technology, where the fibre runs from the exchange to a local roadside cabinet. In addition to download speeds of up to 80Mbps, FTTC also delivers upload speeds of up to 20Mbps2 — and could deliver even faster speeds in the future.
Around the UK Openreach has also started to make fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) technology, where the fibre runs all the way to the home or business, commercially available on demand3 in certain areas where fibre broadband has been deployed, and plans to expand access in due course. FTTP-on-demand offers the top current download speed of 330Mbps 2.
According to the regulator Ofcom, the current average UK residential broadband download speed is 14.7Mbps.
Fibre broadband at home means everyone in the family can do their own thing online, all at the same time, whether it’s downloading music in minutes or watching catch-up TV; streaming HD or 3D movies in the few minutes it takes to make popcorn; or posting photos and videos to social networking sites in seconds. Fibre improves the quality of online experiences and supports exciting new developments in internet services.
The benefits are also considerable for businesses, which can do much more in far less time. Firms can speed up file and data transfers, collaborate with colleagues and customers on conference or video calls or swap their hardware and expensive software licenses for files, processing power and software from cloud computing. Staff can work as effectively from home as they would in the office.
Unlike other companies, Openreach offers fibre broadband access to all service providers on an open, wholesale basis, underpinning a competitive market. For further information on Openreach’s fibre broadband programme visit www.superfast-openreach.co.uk
Notes to editors
1 BT’s deployment plans are subject to an acceptable environment for investment.
2 These are the top wholesale speeds available from Openreach to all service providers; speeds offered by service providers may vary.
3 Openreach will levy an installation charge for FTTP on demand. It will be up to service providers to decide whether they pass that on to businesses or consumers wishing to use the product.
Due to the current network topography, and the economics of deployment, it is likely that some premises within selected exchange areas will not initially be able to access fibre-based broadband. Openreach is considering alternative solutions for these locations.