9 February 2016
Households and businesses in Swansea are among the first in the UK to experience ultrafast broadband with a trial of cutting-edge BT technology.
The new ‘G.fast’ technology, which is being pioneered by BT’s world famous research and development team, has already been shown to deliver download speeds up to 330 megabits per second (Mbps) – more than ten times the current UK average.
The new technical trial in Swansea focuses on how G.fast can be used to serve multiple dwelling units, such as apartment blocks and business centres, both of which present unique challenges.
Around 100 homes and businesses in the Swansea SA1 Waterfront and Maritime Quarter will benefit from the free technical trial which will last for approximately six months.
In this video Julie James, Welsh government deputy minister for skills and technology, and Sir Terry Matthews, chairman of Swansea Bay City Region Board highlight why the trial, potentially, spells great news for Swansea and Wales.