Fibre broadband set for the Bay after success

November 02, 2018

A new company 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.

The company has just hit the headlines in the trade press after signing up 24,000 homes across the country via 50 housing developers in a project that aims to serve 35% of all new build homes by 2020. They are setting their hopes on achieving a similarly fast network righon our doorstep.

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.