14 NOV 2014

SUPERFAST BROADBAND GETS A STEP CLOSER

Local MP Simon Hart has been inspecting the technology behind the roll out of high speed fibre broadband in Camarthenshire/Pembrokeshire.

Mr Hart visited one of the new Superfast Cymru fibre broadband street cabinets being installed in his constituency. Every exchange in Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire will be able to deliver speeds of at least 24 Mgbps by the end of next year.

He said: "This is great news for our area – some areas have already gone live and many more are being connected early next year.

"Speeds will reduce for properties more than 550m from the green cabinet on the roadside - so you may get 23mbs or less - but this is still a significant improvement on the existing service.

"Slow broadband speed is the biggest complaint that I hear from local residents, but it is vital to remember that you won't get increased speeds automatically – you have to ask your provider for an upgrade.

"You may also have to pay more, it depends on your broadband provider and how the market plays out."

BT says that providers will be told of the increase in speeds on the day that superfast goes live and there will be press notices and letters from BT sent to the households in question.

"Unfortunately Wales has the lowest take up of Superfast in the UK – averaging only 17% compared to 30% in parts of England and Northern Ireland. That's a bit like investing in a new car and then leaving it in the garage."

*To find out when you will be able to get superfast broadband visit www.superfast-cymru.com, click on "check availability" and then type your postcode into the address finder. You can also sign up to receive an email alert when your exchange is enabled.

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