Ceredigion roll-out aims to improve broadband speeds

Fibre-optic cable, Eyewire BT aims to start the project in the Aberystwyth area in April 2014

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A county with the poorest superfast broadband coverage in Wales aims to improve matters when a roll out of the service starts in 2014.

Only three counties in Northern Ireland and the Scilly Isles have poorer coverage than Ceredigion, according to an Ofcom report published in 2013.

BT Openreach aims to start the roll out in the Aberystwyth area in April 2014.

It also aims to provide improved high-speed broadband coverage for all schools in the county.

Ceredigion council leader Ellen ap Gwynn said schools were already kitted out with the necessary hardware and were eager to accept high speed connectivity.

"The roll out will also be important for individuals and businesses in this rural county," she added.

Chairman of Aberystwyth Chamber of Trade, Chris Mackenzie-Grieve, said broadband speeds were slow in many villages in the county.

"This will be good news for people who work from home although I'm not sure if it substitutes a good rail and train network servicing the county," he added.

The Ofcom report revealed that 21.7% of premises in Ceredigion had broadband speeds of less than a data transfer rate of 2Mbit per second.

It also highlighted that Wales has the lowest proportion of premises in the UK with access to superfast broadband.

According to the report 48% of premises in Wales have access, compared to a 73% UK average.

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