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Wales to benefit from Openreach’s huge broadband upgrade

Full fibre heading to more than 23,000 homes and businesses – from St Davids to Raglan and Pencader to Upper Cwmtwrch

Full fibre broadband is heading to a further 16 Welsh city’s, towns and villages, as part of a huge broadband upgrade by Openreach.

People living in St Davids, Raglan, Pencader, Upper Cwmtwrch and 12 other local communities are next in line for full fibre.

They join the nearly 900,000 homes and businesses across Wales that already have access to the UK’s most reliable broadband technology, thanks to Openreach’s work.

Across the UK, the company has published updated plans to build full fibre broadband to a record 517 more locations – covering a further 2.7 million homes and businesses.

Martin Williams, Openreach partnership director for Wales, said: “This is a huge infrastructure success story across Wales. No company is building faster or further in Europe, that we’re aware of. 

“We won’t be stopping either. We plan to build even further across the region, to more cities and towns, and our most rural communities.  

“And our engineers, of which more than 2,200 live in Wales, are doing this at a rapid pace – despite this being a hugely complex engineering project.

“Our fibre checker has the latest information about our work in your area. It’s also worth noting that upgrades aren’t automatic. Once full fibre is available where you live, you’ll need to place an order to get connected and we’ll do the rest! 

“Openreach’s network offers the widest choice of providers such as BT, Sky, TalkTalk, Vodafone and Zen – which means people have lots of choice and can get a great deal.”

The work is all part of Openreach’s £15 billion project to upgrade the UK’s broadband infrastructure – making gigabit-capable technology available to 25 million homes and businesses by the end of 2026, including 6.2 million in harder to reach more remote and rural areas.

More than 4.7 million homes and businesses across the UK have already upgraded to Full Fibre and demand continues to flow, with more than 50,000 orders being placed each week.