Fibre broadband came one step closer to residents of Llanfair Clydogau yesterday as contractors placed a new cabinet near the Village Hall1. This will serve as a junction box for the fibre optics that were installed at the end of March.
When will Fibre be connected?
There are conflicting reports on when the rollout for residents will occur, ranging from 2 weeks time up until September 2015. No British Telecom invites have been issued at the time of writing, and if you check the BT Broadband Checker then it still shows fibre as being unavailable in the area.
What type of connection will it be?
Again, there are conflicting reports on which type of fibre will be available to us in Llanfair Clydogau. The options would appear to be Fibre To The Cabinet (FTTC) and Fibre To The Home (FTTH).
FTTH is rumoured to be available to residents from the exchange in Llangybi through to the Llanfair Road area, and this is technically possible as the fibre has already been installed to the underground junction box outside Llanfair Shop. Whether this would prove financially viable for British Telecom may well depend on the customer take-up rate for those served in this area.
FTTC is the most likely option for residents served by the Village Hall cabinet as there have been no reports of fibre installation beyond this point.
You can read about these two types of connection here.
What happens next?
We wait. At least most of the infrastructure appears to be in place ready for the rollout. Actual speed improvements, which depend on connection type, are unknown at this stage of course – but they will offer some improvement over the twisted-pair copper connection currently in use for the entire journey from Llangybi.
Al Heron June 2015
- Thanks to Alan Leech, our man on the spot, for his photograph! ↩︎