Wireless broadband planned for remote Yscir in Wales by Dyfed Superfast

In the county of Powys in Wales, the remote community of Yscir will be provided with broadband access at superfast speeds of 30Mbps, by ISP Dyfed Superfast. The ISP has announced it has won a contract to deploy wireless masts across the region for a new service.

Yscir residents have been suffering some of the poorest internet speeds in UK. The Carmarthenshire-based ISP is deploying masts to bring WiFi at 30Mbps+, to this rural community which is known to suffer download speeds lower than 1Mbps, owing largely to the long copper lines and first generation ADSL services installed here.

However, it is the campaign of local councillor Iain McIntosh that has contributed to solving this issue by collecting signatures door-to-door, in September last year, from over 200 properties. The councillor led a steering group to meet with independent providers and they unanimously selected Dyfed Superfast. This provider had a good track record, having already deployed Brecon Beacons National Park with a broadband network.

Councillor McIntosh is glad to have found a provider for the residents, to bring here better internet to Yscir and encouraged other community leaders and county councillors of remote areas to do the same. Details are yet to be revealed about the exact wireless mast sites, the coverage and the funding method involved.

However, it would not be surprising to see it harness the aggregation of the voucher scheme of Access Broadband Cumru of the Welsh government. As part of the project, free internet would support the community, with greater access to online resources, to village halls in Trallong, Upper Chappel and Llanfihangel Nant Bran. A means-tested solutions is also offered to low-income households by Dyfed Superfast.

Residents may have to pay charges from £19.99 (incl. of VAT) per month, for the new service, providing unlimited usage allowance and up to 10Mbps spends (download). Or it could be £29.99 (including free installation) for speeds of up to 30Mbps.

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