07
March
2016
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11:05
Europe/Amsterdam

Superfast Broadband rollout begins in Capel Curig

Summary
The very first homes and businesses served by the Capel Curig exchange in the heart of Snowdonia will now be able to place orders for superfast broadband, thanks to Superfast Cymru.

The very first homes and businesses served by the Capel Curig exchange in the heart of Snowdonia will now be able to place orders for superfast broadband, thanks to Superfast Cymru.

Following work on the exchange, the rollout of superfast broadband in the area has begun. Work will continue over the next weeks and months so that more premises in the exchange area can access the faster broadband should they wish to do so.

The rollout is just beginning in Capel Curig and residents who would like to find out if they can access it already – or find out when they’re likely to be able to do so – should visitwww.superfast-cymru.com

More than 80% of premises in Conwy County can already access superfast broadband as a result of Superfast Cymru. Work is continuing across the county as engineers from BT’s local network business, Openreach, connect more and more premises every day, often in challenging conditions.

Superfast Cymru is a partnership between the Welsh Government and BT, with additional funding from Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

It is bringing superfast broadband speeds to areas which would otherwise not receive it.

Deputy Minister for Skills and Technology Julie James said:

“Without Superfast Cymru there would be no access at all to superfast broadband in Capel Curig.

“I am pleased that now the very first premises served from the exchange can now access it should they wish to do so.

“Capel Curig is in the heart of Snowdonia, surrounded by the highest peaks in Wales, and the rollout of superfast broadband here was always going to be challenging but it is now happening.”

The Superfast Cymru programme is a huge undertaking that involves Openreach engineers laying 17,500kms of optical fibre cable, installing around 3,000 new green roadside cabinets and sees, on average, more than 100 premises getting access to superfast broadband across Wales every hour.

If households or businesses are able to receive superfast broadband, the upgrade will not happen automatically and they should contact their Internet Service Provider (ISP) to order the service.

Homes and businesses which cannot receive superfast broadband through Superfast Cymru can receive grants to have faster broadband in other ways, such as satellite.

Further details on these schemes are available on: gov.wales/broadband