Low-cost broadband to help Welsh hill farmers compete with city slickers

Welsh hill farmers will be able to compete with London city slickers for the price they pay for broadband communications from next year.

This follows...

Welsh hill farmers will be able to compete with London city slickers for the price they pay for broadband communications from next year.

This follows the launch tomorrow of Fibrespeed, a £30m 10gbps network, to bring low-priced voice and data broadband communications to businesses and consumers in one of the UK's remotest areas, North Wales.

The Welsh Assembly government said it expects its £30m investment over 15 years to boost the local economy by £29m a year for the next 10 years.

Fibrespeed is a joint venture between the Welsh government and network operator Geo Networks. It uses European regional development funds. The 200-mile network will run between Holyhead on Angelsey Island via Wrexham to connect with the UK backbone network in Manchester.

Initially it will link 14 business parks in the area. Fibrespeed has signed up six regional service providers to resell network capacity, and hopes to attract another 12 this week.

Based largely on local optical fibre with long-distance microwave connections, Fibrespeed will allow local broadband resellers to provide services based on wave division multiplexing and ethernet at the best London prices, or between one-half to one-sixth of present retail costs.

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