Residents of Llantrisant and the surrounding area will soon become the latest to benefit from the ultrafast, ultra-reliable Full Fibre broadband that Openreach engineers are currently installing up and down the country
A number of residents in the town can already access the lightning speeds that Openreach’s Full Fibre network enable and local politicians, Mick Antoniw MS and Alex Davies Jones MP, recently joined Openreach engineers to witness first-hand some of the work that goes into building the infrastructure.
Broadband technology will future-proof homes and businesses across the Rhondda Cynon Taf county for decades to come and bring with it access to some of the fastest broadband speeds in Europe.
Openreach engineers are building a brand new ultrafast, ultra-reliable full fibre network directly from the Llantrisant exchange to serve nearly 9000 properties in the town and surrounding communities.
Providing download speeds of up to one gigabit per second (Gbps), the new network is capable of speeds ten times faster than the average home broadband connection, which means people can surf, shop, game, play, click, teach, talk, work, create, learn, buy, sell and watch without skipping a beat or slowing down.
During his tour of the new full fibre network in Llantrisant, Mick Antoniw MS, said:
Openreach are making a significant investment in its Full Fibre network across Wales and I’ve been impressed to see how hard their local engineers are working to bring ultrafast broadband to Llantrisant and the surrounding area.
Digital connectivity is transforming the way we live and I’m clear that it is vital that the benefits this new infrastructure are extended to all parts of the Pontypridd constituency as soon as possible. I would urge residents and businesses to take advantage of ultrafast broadband as soon as it becomes available to them.
Alex Davies-Jones MP said:
There’s no doubt that this will help strengthen our economy and transform the way we work, shop and learn online. As Shadow Minister for Tech in Parliament, it has been really interesting to see some of the challenges that Openreach are facing, along with the incredible work that goes in to bringing ultrafast broadband to all of us across Pontypridd and RCT.
Connie Dixon, Openreach’s Partnership Director for Wales, who hosted the visit to Llantrisant said:
We were delighted to be able to show both Mick and Alex some of the work that goes into our Full Fibre build.
We’re very proud to be building Full Fibre broadband faster, further and at a higher quality than any company in Wales and we’re reaching more communities than ever with our team of highly-skilled locally employed engineers.
Openreach is well on track to reach 25 million UK homes and businesses with access to Full Fibre ultrafast broadband by December 2026 and has already reached more than 425,000 properties across Wales.
With a workforce of around 2,300 across Wales, Openreach already employs the nation’s largest team of telecoms engineers and professionals. The business recently announced that it would create and fill around 250 additional jobs throughout Wales during 2022 as it continues to invest billions of pounds into its UK broadband network, people and training.
Across Wales more than 100,000 homes and businesses have already ordered a full fibre service from a range of retail service providers using the Openreach network. But this means that thousands more could be benefiting from some of the fastest, most reliable broadband connections in Europe and have yet to upgrade.
Recent research by the Centre for Economics and Business Research (Cebr) highlighted the clear economic benefits of connecting everyone in Wales to full fibre. It estimated this would create a £2 billion boost to the Welsh economy.
This short video explains what Full Fibre technology is and you can find out more about our Fibre First programme, latest availability and local plans here.