Colwyn Bay earmarked first for lightning fast broadband

November 02, 2018

A Welsh broadband supplier is aiming to make Colwyn Bay the most connected area in Wales, by installing a pure fibre zone throughout the town with internet download and upload speeds of at least 100Mbps per second.

Pure Fibre Zone, part of the British Fibre Networks Group, will create the first end-to-end pure fibre network in Wales, giving residents and businesses in Colwyn Bay internet download speeds three times quicker and upload speeds ten times faster than the Welsh average.

The poor internet speeds experienced throughout Wales, particularly in less-urban areas, have been well documented. The latest Ofcom report revealed that Wales has the lowest average internet speeds in the UK, with an average download speed of just 33.4Mbps and upload speeds of only 6.2Mbps.

Commencing works in January 2019, Pure Fibre Zone will build a fibre network around the town, opening up access to residents and businesses alike. Using the town’s existing infrastructure and ducting to minimise disruption, 17 masts located in Colwyn Bay will supply premises with a pure fibre connection, guaranteeing users of at least 100Mbps upload and download speeds. Wi-Fi zones will also be installed across the town centre for visitors, residents and businesses.

A 2017 study from British Infrastructure Group revealed that Colwyn Bay and its surrounding area experienced some of the slowest broadband speeds in the UK, with 41.2% of broadband connections in the area experiencing speeds of less than 10Mbps.

Elfed Thomas, CEO of parent company BFN Group, is the man driving this innovative approach of providing pure fibre network to the town. He said, “Poor internet speeds are holding back areas like Colwyn Bay. From restaurants attempting to batch transfer takings, to web designers trying to upload a client’s website, local businesses are hampered by slow internet speeds. Alongside this, the average household has multiple connected devices to stream films, listen to music and play games - all of which require fast internet access. Pure fibre is key to this and we are encouraging all residents to sign up. Singapore has the best average internet speeds in the world. We are aiming to make Colwyn Bay the Singapore of Wales.”

Residents and businesses are invited to register their interest online for Colwyn Bay’s pure fibre zone by visiting: www.purefibrezone.co.uk. The scheme is expected to be rolled out in January 2019.

Pure Fibre Zone is aiming to build eight pure fibre zones across England and Wales in the next twelve months, and its approach to these fibre builds will allow the zones to be linked from town to town. Over the coming months Pure Fibre Zone will be connecting its backhaul to full fibre speed. Pure Fibre Zone is a subsidiary business to British Fibre Networks, which provides pure fibre infrastructure and 5G connectivity to new build homes.