Faster broadband on the way for Cowbridge
Alun Cairns MP has welcomed BT’s announcement that Cowbridge will be included in the 130,000 homes and businesses in Wales that will have access to faster broadband by the summer of 2012. Cowbridge will be one of the first communities to be upgraded and should receive the better capacity broadband by April 2012.
Cowbridge is among the 33 Welsh communities included in the latest roll-out plans for BT’s next generation broadband service delivered over copper lines.
The BT investment makes available broadband speeds of up to 20 megabits per second (Mbps) – more than double the maximum speeds previously available to the majority of UK homes and businesses. Mr Cairns MP has been campaigning for better broadband services across the Vale for the last 18 months, and has already seen Barry, Llantwit Major and more recently the village of Colwinston be supported by a fibre-optic broadband service.
The technology is already available to more than a half of homes in Wales (52 per cent) and is expected to have reached nearly three quarters (71 per cent) by the summer of next year. The new next generation broadband network is available on an open, wholesale basis to all companies providing broadband services.
Ann Beynon, BT director for Wales, said:
“BT’s roll-out of faster broadband across Wales is running at a very rapid pace. In December we announced plans to make super-fast fibre-based broadband available to 475,000 homes and businesses in Wales by the end of 2012. Now we are able to confirm a further major investment in faster broadband speeds over copper lines.”
Alun Cairns MP added:
“At a time of economic uncertainty I’m sure these improvements will provide a big boost for Cowbridge businesses and offer many additional educational and entertainment opportunities for local residents in the town and nearby villages.
“I will however continue to push for fibre-optic broadband infrastructure for the Cowbridge area in the future, as part of the £56m broadband investment for Wales, announced by the UK government in 2011.”