Fibre broadband roll-out in Wales to reach 66 more towns by June 2015

Exchanges across areas such as Carmarthenshire, Conwy, Pembrokeshire, Powys, Swansea and Wrexham are to be upgraded with BT’s fibre broadband technology within the next 12 months…

If you live in Wales, and you're suffering at the hands of slow broadband, you might not have to wait too much longer for a solution.

That's because Superfast Cymru, a scheme to bring fibre optic broadband to 96% of homes in Wales by spring 2016, has announced that 66 locations - spread across 10 Welsh counties - will have high-speed fibre courtesy of BT's network by June 2015.

It'll take the total number of homes and businesses on the superfast broadband network in Wales to around 500,000 - approximately 75% coverage.

Ed Hunt, programme director for Superfast Cymru, said: "We're making great progress, passing on average more than 5,000 premises a week with fibre broadband between now and the end of March 2015.

"We expect to reach close to half a million premises by summer 2015 with a year still to go. That's nearly a third of all homes and businesses in Wales, three-quarters when combined with BT's own commercial roll-out."

The following areas should've received fibre broadband by June 2015:

Carmarthenshire
Ammanford, Burry Port, Clynderwen, Cynwyl Elfed, Ferryside, Kidwelly, Laugharne, Llanboidy, Llanddarog, Llandeilo, Llandovery, Llandybie, Llangadog, Llangennech, Llanpumsaint, Llanstephan, Nantgaredig, Pendine, Pontyates, Pontyberem, St Clears, Talley, Trimsaran, Whitland

Ceredigion
Bancyfelin, Broadhaven, Glandyfi, Llangeitho, Llangrannog, Rhydlewis

Conwy
Betws-Y-Coed, Colwyn Bay, Dolwyddelan, Llanrwst, Llansannan, Old Colwyn, Penmaenmawr, Rhos-on-Sea, Tynygroes

Denbighshire
Clawdd Newydd

Monmouthshire
Cross Ash, Gobion, Little Mill, Llantilio, Raglan

Pembrokeshire
Camrose, Carew, Croes Goch, Dale, Fishguard, Lamphey, Letterston, Manorbier, Narberth, St Davids, Treffgarne

Powys
Bucknell, Cemmaes Road, Glasbury, Llangadfan, Llansilan, , Llyswen, Meifod

Swansea
Pontarddulais

Rhondda Cynon Taf (RCT)
Tonyrefail

Wrexham
Bettisfield

In May, BT announced its fibre broadband network had reached more than two-thirds of UK premises. It originally planned to cover 19 million homes and businesses by the end of 2015, but hit the target in March this year - 21 months ahead of schedule.

The Openreach network is used by other fibre providers - including Plusnet, TalkTalk, Sky and EE - who pay BT a wholesale fee. So, when your local exchange is upgraded, you may be able to get fibre from one or more of these providers, as well as BT Infinity.

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