A new multi-million pound sports and events centre offering world-class facilities now boasts internet access to match after it connected to FIBRESPEED.
Eirias in Colwyn Bay – home to the Welsh Rugby Union’s (WRU) North Wales rugby academy – recently hosted the under-20s Six Nations.
The stadium has a covered grandstand, terracing and corporate hospitality boxes and can accommodate 6,000 spectators. The indoor centre next to the stadium serves as an events venue suitable for business conferences, exhibitions, concerts and parties, and also features an indoor pitch, gym and high performance sports analysis facilities.
The investment in FIBRESPEED gives the centre access to a state-of-the-art digital communications network and means visitors to the £6.5m facility will benefit from high-speed internet access via a reliable, secure connection.
Eirias manager Mally Tidswell said the installation of FIBRESPEED would “propel the centre into the 21st century.”
He added:“Conwy County Borough Council wanted the Eirias Events Centre to be the best it possibly could be, and the FIBRESPEED technology helps us achieve that aim.”
The FIBRESPEED project is an ambitious partnership between private enterprise and the Welsh Government, designed to deliver high-speed internet and telecoms services across North Wales.
It uses fibre optic technology that carries vast amounts of data at close to the speed of light.
Unlike standard broadband, the fibre connection at Eirias provides a high-speed, dedicated service that offers fast upload and download facilities against guaranteed service levels – service levels that simply can’t be matched by broadband.
Eirias was connected to FIBRESPEED by St Asaph-based service provider Netserve Consultants.
Netserve director John Lyons said: “The fact that the indoor centre is going to be hosting events for hundreds of people meant there was a need for a significant step up from basic broadband, which is unable to support that many simultaneous users.
“Delegates at conferences will be able to have confidence that they can enjoy high-speed internet access while at the centre.
“The installation of FIBRESPEED will also benefit online journalists and photographers covering rugby matches and other live events, as they will be able to transfer files and upload rich content in seconds.
“Previously it may have taken 15 minutes to upload a large file. Now journalists can produce real-time reports as the final whistle is blowing.”