Cartrefi Cymunedol Gwynedd is the first housing provider in Wales to sign up for pure-fibre broadband from a new non-profit infrastructure provider, Pure Fibre Housing.
Pure Fibre Housing, a community interest company (CIC), will provide full-fibre infrastructure to housing providers on a non-profit basis. It is part of the i4 Technology Group founded by Welsh fibre entrepreneur Elfed Thomas.
Pure Fibre Housing is already working on site at its first project, with Cartrefi Cymunedol Gwynedd. The partnership will provide tenants of two developments in the Meirionnydd area with the latest connectivity technology, with upload and download speeds of up to 1000Mbps (1Gb).
Huw Evans, development and new builds manager, Cartrefi Cymunedol Gwynedd, said, “It was great to work with a local company who are literally down the road from our Bangor office, and we are really pleased to be one of the first housing providers in Wales to offer our tenants full-fibre options. Providing our tenants, especially in rural areas, with excellent connectivity, speed, value for money and reliability is something we are really proud of.”
Elfed Thomas, founder, Pure Fibre Housing, said, “A good internet connection is becoming as essential as running water. Typically, social housing properties have been neglected in the full-fibre rollout, despite clear evidence that nationwide digital inclusion will have a positive impact on the UK economy.
“We want to ensure that everyone throughout the UK can take full advantage of what good connectivity can offer; our partnership with Cartrefi Cymunedol Gwynedd has allowed us to get off to a flying start in achieving that.”