Wales' north-south broadband divide revealed header image

Published: 22nd Jun 2016

There is a considerable difference between broadband speeds in north and south Wales. 

Figures collected by the Daily Post show super-fast coverage in Cardiff currently stands at just over 91 per cent, while in the northern town of Conwy it is only 3.3 per cent. Meanwhile, the highest average connection speed in the north is 11.2 Mbps in Flintshire, compared to 21.3 Mbps in the capital. 

Welsh Assembly member for North Wales Antoinette Sandbach told the newspaper broadband not-spots are having a serious detrimental impact on the country. She pointed to Angela Delaney and Neil Bishop - a couple from Gwynedd - as an example of this.

"This hard-working couple, who want to work and live in rural Wales, are being denied the chance to do so because of the Welsh government's appalling inability to provide adequate broadband links to our villages," Ms Sandback stated. 

"Broadband not-spots, such as the one that's wreaking havoc on this couple's business, continue to blight rural Wales," she added.

People living in north Wales who are suffering with slow connections could benefit from switching to satellite broadband. This technology can provide speeds of up to 20 Mbps, which is far higher than the current average for the region. Satellite is also not affected by the infrastructural requirements that are holding backing fibre optic broadband in rural areas.

The issue of internet access in Wales has received a lot of attention in recent weeks, with a report from WalesOnline showing just 11 of the 22 local authorities in the country have super-fast coverage in more than half of their area.

According to telecoms watchdog Ofcom, high-speed availability currently stands at 48 per cent in Wales, but drops to only nine per cent in rural areas. Meanwhile, 12 per cent of households in the country currently have a broadband service that is slower than two Mbps, which is considered the basic level of connectivity.