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Swansea to benefit from world leading full fibre broadband

Thousands of Swansea homes and businesses are to benefit from a multi-million pound investment by Openreach.

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New future-proof technology will provide reliability for home and business users ensuring connectivity for decades to come.

The city was today (December 5) announced as the latest location to benefit from Openreach's Fibre First programme, where fibre optic cables are laid from the exchange right to people's front doors. 

The UK's largest phone and broadband network is making new, more reliable, and more resilient Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) technology available to tens of thousands of homes and businesses across the city. The first areas to benefit will be those with SA1, SA2 and SA5 postcodes.

As well as adding more reliability and resilience to the network, meaning the connection is less likely to drop out, FTTP brings speeds of up to one gigabit per second (1Gbps), about 24 times faster than the current UK average of 46Mbps.

Fibre technology provides greater capacity for multiple devices, the use of smart appliances and uninterrupted video calls. The fibre connection will future-proof the homes and businesses of Swansea for decades to come and ensure the city remains competitive on the national and world stage.

Swansea Council leader Rob Stewart said: "Swansea is a city of ambition and we want to become a hotbed of innovation.

"This investment by Openreach in Swansea will provide us with the best internet connectivity possible and enable companies to turbocharge their business opportunities.

"The roll-out of ultrafast broadband across the city will prepare Swansea for the future, provide the right conditions for our businesses to thrive and support our economy."

Welsh Government Leader of the House with responsibility for digital Julie James said: "This is great news for Swansea, as the city will be able to benefit from some of the fastest broadband speeds available. 

"Wales leads the way with fast fibre broadband as we have the largest rural FTTP network in the UK with speeds of over 100 Mbps as a result of our Superfast Cymru programme.

"It's good to see Openreach taking this further by investing their new Fibre First technology in Swansea."

Swansea-based company Vortex produces remote sensors that can be used in several fields - ranging from tracking air quality to parking spaces. With customers across the globe, having reliable and fast broadband connectivity is essential for their business.

Vortex managing director Adrian Sutton said: "Connectivity is everything for us.

"We deal with customers that have a global footprint - from Doha to Paris, Amsterdam to Singapore. Without fast and reliable broadband we can't remotely access our data or communicate and work with our customers instantaneously.

"It cuts down on our travel which in turn cuts down on our costs, so we can remain competitive.

"Ultrafast broadband enables us to punch above our weight, collaborate globally and remain in Swansea."

Kim Mears, Openreach's managing director for strategic infrastructure development, said: "Making Swansea a Fibre First city complements the aim and ambition of the Swansea Bay City region as we'll be putting in place the digital infrastructure that's required for the future economic growth and prosperity of the city.

"We've already done an incredible amount of work across Wales in improving access to better broadband connectivity - both in rural and urban parts of the country.

"Our Fibre First programme is about future-proofing that network so that it meets the needs of both families and businesses for generations to come.

"Despite the challenges of planning, street works and permissions, our engineers are already reaching thousands of homes and businesses every week and I'm delighted that Swansea is the latest city to benefit from this commitment."

Did you know?

Ultrafast broadband makes everything happen so much more quickly. For example:

  • It enables people in your home to be online at the same time. You'll be able to do several things simultaneously such as streaming live music, enjoying the latest release on streaming platforms and uploading large files to social media. There's enough bandwidth for a family of four to all stream ultra HD or 4k quality movies or TV simultaneously, without waiting or buffering. Downloading a typical HD film would take less time than it takes to make a cup of tea.
  • Businesses, or small businesses operating from home, will be able remain economically competitive with competitors from all over the UK and around the world. Ultrafast will make uploading, downloading and transferring large files much easier and allow for uninterrupted monitoring, video conferencing and streaming.
  • As the UK become more connected than ever, full fibre broadband will ensure a reliable connection to millions of homes across the country - whether it's turning up the heating from the comfort of your sofa or checking in on an ageing parent through a telehealth app.

Photo Cllr Rob Stewart with Openreach's Kim Mears, centre, and Tech Hub's Jennifer Clay.



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