Official figures showing that Wrexham has good broadband links are welcome – but there’s more to do.
The research, published by the House of Commons Library, which draws on figures provided by broadband providers and OFCOM. The figures show that superfast broadband availability in Wrexham is at 90.4 per cent – the second highest out of six comparable constituencies nearby, with only Ellesmere Port, at 92 per cent, with better availability.
New work is underway to link parts of the town to faster broadband, and is being carried out by both Virgin Media and Openreach. I met with both companies in Wrexham this year to discuss boosting their work in Wrexham – and am hopeful that, as the new connections come online, local connections will improve further.
Strong broadband connections are vitally important in the modern world and they are something that both businesses and householders raise with me. Several have been in touch this week about broadband problems and faults, and I’ve been following those cases up.
More widely, I’ve been working to bring better broadband connections to the town, and personally challenged Virgin Media’s over Wrexham’s connections in Parliament. I was delighted when he followed up those discussions and, as a direct result, work is now underway on Wrexham streets to link us to Virgin Media’s network.
Similarly, I brought the Chief Executive of Openreach to Wrexham to discuss how we could improve connections to the town, and he has written to me this week with a series of upgrades which are due to be delivered in Wrexham in the next few months.
I am pleased to see that Wrexham is already doing well when it comes to broadband – but there is more to do.