Swansea to lead UK in ultrafast broadband

BT has announced that Swansea will be the first city to pilot its new ultrafast broadband, with download speeds of up to 330Mb. The tech, known as G.fast, has been tested in other parts of the country, but Swansea will be the first major city to get a proper commercial rollout.

It'll be one of 17 areas to pilot the tech, which Openreach estimates will reach about 140,000 homes and businesses across the country next year.

Hopefully, residents will be able to start ordering ultrafast broadband some time in 2017.

Local councillors and ministers are pleased with the upcoming rollout. Councillor Rob Stewart said: "This is fantastic news for Swansea and supports our drive to make sure the city and the region has a first-rate digital infrastructure to enable businesses to grow rapidly.

"It will also complement our plans to introduce a City Digital District as part of the City Deal Internet Coast proposals."

According to the Swansea Bay City Region Board, Swansea currently has plans to create an 'internet coast', which it says will bring fast broadband and 33,000 jobs to the city.

However, FSB Wales (Federation of Small Businesses) feels that a greater priority should be getting broadband to rural areas across Wales. Head of external affairs Ben Cottam said: "While we would welcome the work that has been done, to roll out this next level of broadband speed is at a time when there are parts of Wales where there aren't basic levels of broadband speeds.

"There's an element of us needing to walk before we run."

Source: Wales Online | BBC

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