Welsh ISP eXwavia is delivering broadband capability of up to 100Mbps in Gwynedd.
“To date, many parents of the children here at Ysgol Llanrug and Brynrefail struggle at home with snail paced broadband which in turn impacts on the learning and researching capability of both primary and secondary children. 21st century pupils need fast internet access to do their homework, prepare for exams and research work,” said Robin Williams, headmaster, Ysgol Llanrug & Community Broadband Champion.
Robin continued: “The Virtual Learning Environments of today need fast access and download speeds because children are required to work from these VLEs at home. With the new broadband service, the interaction between school and home will become seamless for the children, enabling them to access, download and stream online multimedia study materials and mock exam papers.
“As a school, we are striving to develop a ‘green’ school and one way of achieving this is to replace home school literature, including newsletters and notifications for parents, with online sharepoints and dropboxes. This will significantly reduce our photocopying and printing costs. Our iPad 1 – 1 project will also benefit greatly because the children will experience the same broadband speed at home as they do at school.”
Sion Jones, councillor for Bethel is also appreciative of eXwavia for making fast broadband a reality for these communities, he said: “We live in such a rural area of Wales where broadband is extremely slow, so I am very much looking forward to the residents getting this new service.
“There has been a huge demand for it and hopefully it will boost local businesses back in the community.