1 Gbps Fibre (1000 Mbps) for Solva

 1 Gbps Fibre  (1000 Mbps) for Solva

FIBRE Update – 11th October 2021

***MAJOR UPDATE***
Some very positive news for Solva and the Fibre campaign. 

Recently there was a meeting held with Pembrokeshire County Council online, this meeting introduced us to all the suppliers that had put in a bid for the contract to roll out Fibre Broadband to the Solva area. This did not take long as only ONE supplier had actually submitted a bid. This supplier was Broadway Broadband.

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They were invited to the meeting and we had the opportunity to question them, they responded with all the right answers (in our opinion) and to cut a long story short it was voted on unanimously to welcome Broadway Broadband and officially accept their bid. The alternative was to reject them and wait for ‘who knows’!

This email arrived in our inbox today.

Thank you for your interest in the Solva fibre broadband project.   

I can now announce that Broadway Partners has been chosen by the community to bring gigabit capable fibre broadband to properties in the project area.  

Broadway will be in contact with you in due course. In the meantime, if you would like further information about their broadband packages please visit their website at: 

www.broadwaybroadband.co.uk

 

What happens next?

 

Broadway will now submit the PRP (Pre- Registered Package) for your project area to the DCMS (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport) for approval. (Please note: this can take some time) Once approved they will be contacting residents and businesses to formally place an order.

 

We will continue to work with the community and supplier during the course of this project, and look forward to the area’s residents and businesses being able to enjoy the benefits of full-fibre. 

 

Thanks again for your participation, it is exciting news for the Solva area, and a lot of credit must go to the members of the working group for their hard work and support.”

 

It’s not too late to sign up to the scheme, so please encourage your neighbours to complete our survey, if they haven’t yet done so, via this link: 

http://www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/broadband-survey

 

The other good news is that Broadway indicated that they are hoping to start offering Fibre to Solva residents within the next 12 – 18 months.

Do I still need to do anything?

YES! FILL IN the PCC survey, even if you already did the WeFibre one before, you MUST register your interest on the PCC survey.

 

Need More Info?

As we get more information regarding the project we will update here and on Facebook.
If you want to help or get involved please email fibre@solva.co.uk
 
It is still worth signing up to the Pembrokeshire County Council Broadband Engagement Scheme as the more vouchers Broadway Broadband get the quicker we could potentially get Fibre installed in Solva.
Solva homes and businesses NEED Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP), fill in the quick form, it will only take you the same time as boiling the kettle for your next cup of tea!
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**REMEMBER – by filling in the survey you are NOT making any commitment to anything, you are still free to choose any other supplier if they become available!**

FIBRE Update – 20th August 2021

So it has been a bit quiet on the Fibre updates recently.
Things have changed since the 100 sign-ups target was met for WeFibre. 

So what has happened?
Well done everyone who signed up for WeFibre, we reached the target of 100 sign-ups. WeFibre then got in touch to say that they were now co-ordinating with Pembrokeshire County Council but as PCC are already co-ordinating their own fibre rollout projects they were handing over the process to them (PCC). To quote below:

“Shaun Gibson @ WeFibre
Hi Steve, we have been speaking with Pembrokeshire about Solva, that actually added Solva to Phase 5 due to the work you did drumming up interest and support in the community. We’re coordinating with the council at present on this as they accelerated Solva into Phase 5 due to our plans.”

 

So basically PCC have now taken over the Solva project but this means that we have to satisfy their criteria of achieving 30%-40% expression of interest rate via the PCC survey:

http://www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/broadband-survey

The good news is that we are already at 22% for Solva so we are well on the way to hitting the new target. 

The aim now is to increase this figure to approximately 30% by the end of September when PCC will then be presenting us with the supplier quotes for Solva area. The more surveys completed, the more suppliers are attracted and consequently the greater choice for Solva.

Do I need to do anything?

YES! SIGN UP for the PCC scheme, even if you already did the WeFibre one before, you MUST register your interest on the PCC survey.

 

Need More Info?

As we get more information regarding the project we will update here and on Facebook.
If you want to help or get involved please email fibre@solva.co.uk
 
All you need to know is we MUST sign up to the Pembrokeshire County Council Broadband Engagement Scheme and get our expressions or interest over 30% for Solva.
Solva homes and businesses NEED Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP), fill in the quick form, it will only take you the same time as boiling the kettle for your next cup of tea!
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Campaign Updates - WeFibre
Sign Ups 100%

Update 30th March 2021

 

107 signups – Target reached!

 

📆 What does this milestone mean?

Our community will now move on to Stage 3 in the process ‘Design’ where WeFibre will create the overall network design for the Solva community area that will then be submitted to DCMS for funding approval.

To understand all the stages our community project will need to go through until WeFibre can connect you please visit their Step by Step Guide for an overview of the process.

📣 We still need your help!

Please continue to promote the project to your neighbours and community as the higher the level of interest the quicker WeFibre can allocate the resources needed to deploy.

 

If you haven’t signed up already please click on the button and ‘Get Fibre for Solva – NOW’. Even though we have reached our milestone 100 signups we need as many as possible for WeFibre to move our project up their priority list for installs!
THANK YOU
Please see our newly added FAQs below for more information about the project.

Update 22nd March 2021

98 out of 100 – Nearly there!

Only 2 more needed for the next phase to commence.

If you haven’t signed up already please click on the button and ‘Get Fibre for Solva – NOW’

THANK YOU

Please see our newly added FAQs below for more information about the project.

Update 8th March 2021

We have reached two thirds of our goal!

BUT we need 33 more.

If you haven’t signed up already please click on the button and ‘Get Fibre for Solva – NOW’

THANK YOU

Frequently Asked Questions

Who are WeFibre?

WeFibre is a community focused service provider that installs 1 gigabit-per-second capable full fibre optic broadband in rural communities. We help catapult communities from being amongst the most poorly connected, to the best connected in the UK, and all at an unbeatable price point.

What makes WeFibre special & different?

🦄 We are Gigabit only. Whereas other providers unnecessarily offer lots of different packages and tiers, we choose to strip away all the cost and complexity. We are a full stack provider. We have our own civil engineering and fibre installation teams, which means we control the process end to end. Our Rural Community Fibre programme was created to help empower communities in need of Hyperfast internet, to crowdsource support for digital inclusion amongst the community. By combining a community's relationships, knowledge, local support and enthusiasm with our technical expertise, engineering, professional support and sustainability, we can deliver the infrastructure you need, funded by the government.

Why do I need to sign up for a voucher?

Early Engagement & Community buy in. This early engagement means that WeFibre is in effect invited into the community. The service is wanted, and the installation is supported by local residents. Sufficient demand from service users is demonstrated through this engagement before any community is connected. We only wish to roll out in a community if you want us to be there. We never intend to impose ourselves on a community and will not proceed unless we have the buy in from the majority of the community. If you want us, we’ll be there. If you want to work with an alternative supplier, we will fade away. Ultimately our own concern is that you get the connection you need and deserve, whether that be with us or an alternative supplier.

How to get WeFibre in your community?

We will work to support every community that expresses an interest in and desire for improved broadband. As there are so many communities in need of improved broadband access, and limited resources to do them all at once, we use sign-ups as an indicator of which communities are in most need. As such we set a sign up target for each community to hit, which upon hitting will progress your community on to the Design and Build stages.

What is the Sign Up Threshold?

For a community project to reach design stage we need the community to achieve a minimum sign up threshold of: 100 sign ups 🗳️

How do I sign up?

In order to count as a sign up, anyone wishing to put forward their support must complete the form on the wefibre.com/grants page, which then gives us the permission to reserve your RGC voucher once the project funding is approved by DCMS. Click on the button above and 'Get Fibre for Solva - NOW'

Does the sign up obligate me to continue?

No. If you change your mind after sign up there is no obligation on your part to continue. By completing the form on the grant page you are merely giving us permission to reserve your voucher once funding is approved. It does not enter you into a contract to take services. Only once we have built the network and are ready to connect your property will we ask you to then order a service at which point you will enter into a 12 month contract.

I live outside Solva but still in the Parish, will I get connected?

We plan each area to ensure there are at least 400-1000 properties within your community area. This means that WeFibre typically engages with community groups on the scale of a parish. The reason we look to create project areas of this size is to ensure there is a large enough addressable market in your community to support the signup threshold. We may miss out nearby settlements from your project area, however once the initial network is built we can extend it at little additional cost to ensure the coverage area grows. WeFibre’s model is to plan and build the network for the whole parish to ensure no one misses out, no matter how rural they live or work.

How disruptive are the works?

Although our fibre network will be all shiny and new, we do reuse existing passive infrastructure wherever possible in order to minimise disruption to the communities within which we work, and because it’s just better for the world 🌍. What this means is we will be reusing Openreach ducts and Openreach poles where possible to run our new fibre, and so will only revert to digging where the existing infrastructure might be damaged or unable to meet our requirements.

When will I be connected to this amazing new service?

We activate each project area in phases following the physical rollout. As such we aim to have the initial batch of lucky residents connected in the next 3 months post build, with homes and businesses progressively activated thereafter.

What if I don’t sign up for a voucher?

Once the network is built, any properties which didn’t take service initially can request to be added and WeFibre will come back and connect them. (NB: Voucher funding may no longer be available, it is better to sign up early.) If the network hasn’t been built out to your location as a part of the initial build and voucher funding is no longer available then charges may apply for getting connected, so it’s better to take advantage of this unique opportunity and reserve your voucher today.

Do you also do Telephone Lines?

Yes we supply VoIP. VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) uses your fibre internet, to make calls seamlessly, using your existing handset. You can keep your existing phone number for a one off fee of £20.00. See pricing below.

THE MOST IMPORTANT QUESTION - HOW MUCH IS IT?

Here is the pricing structure from WeFibre. Remember this is for 1Gbps internet - that is 1000Mb download speed!

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