New Welsh non-profit delivers pure fibre access to local housing associations

A new non-profit organisation has launched in Wales to bring high-speed internet connectivity to thousands of housing association tenants.

Pure Fibre Housing is a community interest company that will provide full-fibre services to housing associations on a non-profit basis.

The organisation, which is part of the i4 Technology Group founded by Welsh tech entrepreneur Elfed Thomas, is already working with North Wales-based housing association Cartrefi Cymunedol Gwynedd (CCG).

Over the coming months, they will work together to bring the latest connectivity technology to residents of two developments in the Meirionnydd area.

While good internet speeds are becoming important in hyper-connected modern life, only 4 per cent of UK homes have pure fibre connectivity. Meanwhile, 54 per cent of people moving into newly built homes expect the technology as standard.

Elfed Thomas, founder of Pure Fibre Housing, said: “A good internet connection is becoming as essential to a home as running water.

“Typically, housing association homeshave been neglected in the full-fibre rollout, despite clear evidence that nationwide digital inclusion will have a positive impact on the UK economy, as well as its ability to improve people’s lives.

“We want to ensure that everyone throughout the UK can take full advantage of what good connectivity can offer; whether that be to digitally upskill, engage in e-learning, access online banking, or just do their weekly shop. Our partnership with Cartrefi Cymunedol Gwynedd has allowed us to get off to a flying start in achieving that.”

According to the firm, the installation of pure fibre infrastructure in CCG’s developments “allows it to future proof its homes and ensure occupants can reap the benefits of digital inclusion”.

Its network allows tenants to experience upload and download speeds of up to 1000Mbps (1Gb), which is higher than current UK average speeds of 46.2Mbps for downloads and 6.2Mbps for uploads.

Pure Fibre Housing said that when installed, the independent fibre infrastructure delivered will be able to connect to a range of Internet Service Providers (ISPs).

Huw Evans, development and new builds manager, added:  “We are really proud to be one of the first housing associations in Wales to offer our tenants full fibre options.

“In this day and age, we depend so much on the internet to assist us in so many aspects of our lives, and providing our tenants, especially in rural areas with excellent connectivity, speed, value for money and reliability is something we are really proud of.

“It was great to be able to work with a local company, who are based literally down the road from our Bangor office. We look forward to working with them on future developments as we aim to build 550 units across north Wales over the next three years.”