Collaboration to bring full-fibre to 150,000 south Wales premises

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Cardiff based provider Ogi recently secured an investment from Infracapital to deliver a £200m phase one business plan to build a full-fibre broadband network across south Wales, UK.

This is designed to transform the digital landscape for underserved communities in the region, with the network able to deliver speeds of up to 900Mb/s for businesses. The roll-out plans will bring full-fibre broadband to 150,000 homes and businesses from Haverfordwest to Chepstow as part of the initial phase, with an ambition to expand the full-fibre offering to 350,000 homes and businesses across south Wales. 

Towns and villages in Monmouthshire, the Vale of Glamorgan and Pembrokeshire, will be amongst the first to benefit. However, the aim is to connect as many underserved communities as possible over the coming years. 

Ogi has selected Emtelle, under a three year, multi-million-pound contract, as a supplier of primary duct, subducts, microducts and fibre components for its network and customer connections. Emtelle will also provide support and training as part of the partnership to help Ogi ensure that every customer has access to reliable and high-quality fibre broadband.

As well as using Emtelle’s passive solutions for its own networks, Ogi is also building many networks using Physical Infrastructure Access (PIA) solutions to enable communications service providers to share Openreach's existing access network infrastructure. Emtelle’s proposition included a range of PIA compliant solutions to meet this requirement.

Ogi CEO Ben Allwright, said: ‘As Ogi grows, we must work with partners that understand our drive to meet our ambitious targets to enhance connectivity across the region to support business, residential customers, communities, and our public sector. Our goal is to create a world-class network, and we believe Emtelle can help us achieve this. We look forward to working with Emtelle to create a more connected Wales over the next few years.’

Simon Wade, sales manager at Emtelle, said: ‘It has been a pleasure to work with the team at Ogi during the consultation, tendering and awarding processes, and we are looking forward to building on that relationship.’

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