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AM Ken Skates welcomes connectivity programme for Glyn Ceiriog

Work to improve connectivity in Glyn Ceiriog has been welcomed by Assembly Member Ken Skates.

The Clwyd South AM recently met senior representatives from BT Wales and Openreach at his office in Llangollen to discuss telephone and internet issues in the village.

“Openreach have carried out a major review of services in the area and are working to replace equipment in the local network as part of a programme to improve the telephone infrastructure in and around Glyn Ceiriog,” said Mr Skates.

The work includes laying 160m of underground cable, replacing overhead lines and renewing all connections in the local cabinet.

Mr Skates said: “Openreach are confident this will improve the service to the area and also reduce future fault volumes, which will hopefully benefit everyone.”

After holding several meetings with residents the Welsh Labour AM has been pushing for the roll-out of superfast broadband in Glyn Ceiriog to be sped up, and said he had been informed it should be completed in early 2017.

Mr Skates is also continuing to press mobile operators for better coverage in the area.

“Earlier this year I wrote to Ofcom and mobile providers to once again call for improvements in Wrexham and the Dee Valley,” he said.

“Coverage here just isn’t what it should be, so I have also contacted the UK Government at Westminster on several occasions as they should be enforcing the obligation for networks to provide 4G to 95% of customers by the end of next year.

“Strong, reliable mobile reception is vital for our communities and businesses, and I will continue to campaign for improved connectivity for people in and around Glyn Ceiriog.”

Residents can monitor progress of the superfast broadband work and register for updates at http://gov.wales/topics/science-and-technology/digital/infrastructure/superfast-broadband/step-two-availability/?lang=en