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Ultrafast broadband is a ‘game-changer’ for Nolton Haven residents

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Stephen Crabb MP has been out meeting Openreach engineers who are currently installing the next generation of broadband technology up and down Pembrokeshire.

During his tour the MP for Preseli and Pembrokeshire saw a full fibre network which has been built directly from the exchange in Haverfordwest to serve properties in the surrounding areas – including the picturesque seaside village of Nolton Haven.

Residents of Nolton Haven can now enjoy some of the fastest and most reliable broadband speeds in Europe thanks to Openreach’s ultrafast, ultra-reliable full fibre broadband network.

With the fibre now being run directly from the exchange to their property, customers can potentially get speeds of up to one Gigabit per second (1Gbps), which dwarfs their previous speeds of around 1-2 Megabits per second (Mbps).

Speaking during his tour with Openreach engineers, Stephen Crabb MP said: “The pandemic has shown how important high quality broadband has become in all of our lives – especially for those of us living and working in rural communities across Pembrokeshire.

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“Openreach engineers have been going to extraordinary lengths to ensure as many homes and businesses as possible in Pembrokeshire are getting access to ultrafast fibre broadband and it’s making such a huge difference to communities such as Nolton Haven.”

Stephen Crabb MP on a recent tour of Haverfordwest’s new fibre exchange (Image: Openreach)

Nolton Haven resident David Canton runs a popular holiday cottage business in the village and has experienced first-hand the significant impact that ultrafast broadband can have on both family and business.

He said: “Having ultrafast broadband is completely life-changing.

“During the pandemic my children were able to learn from home and my wife, who’s a teacher, could teach children using technology that simply wasn’t possible before we had full fibre broadband.

“From a business perspective we can now extend our holiday season and guests can take a break but still work from our cottages and enjoy our beautiful views. It’s a game-changer.”

(Lead image: Openreach)

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