BT has delayed its deployment of superfast broadband to 40,000 homes across parts of Wales, citing issues with gaining access to private land. The provider says it’s faced problems trying to get permission to dig the land in some areas.
"Way-leaves have been - and continue to be - one of our mostsignificant challenges - getting permissions to access the landthat we need to access in order to lay the fibre cables," explainedAlwen Williams, director of BT Wales.
"At the moment we have around 40,000 homes and businesses thatare held up because we have a complex discussion or negotiationgoing on with various parties about how to gain access to land orpermissions to dig, road closures."
He said that the engineering challenges the company faces havebeen "absolutely immense".
The fibre deployment, part of the Superfast Cymru scheme, hopesto connect the final batch of homes and businesses in Wales thatweren't included in the last few rounds of rollouts.
The majority of premises it needs to connect are in rural areas- which are often difficult to reach and need some pretty complexengineering. Cutting through parts of private land is often theonly way.
Residents are a little frustrated with the delay. Pembrokeshirebusiness owner Glyn Jones told the BBC: "It's something that we've beenlonging for some time… Asa company we've given up waiting and we'veleased our own superfast line. That will cost the businesses £1,000a month between them. We can't have broadband hold us back asbusinesses."
BT continues to work with landowners to find a solution, but itlooks like it'll miss a few deadlines.