The coronavirus pandemic has brought forward significant changes to the way many of us work.
One of the main changes has been the switch to working from home.
For thousands of people across the country, their workplace and their home have been combined as businesses and local authorities look to keep their workforces safe from the virus whilst continuing to operate.
With schools switching to remote learning, there has never been such an emphasis on our home broadband capacities and internet speeds.
In December, Ofcom published a report that included figures relating to internet speeds and broadband availability in different parts of the UK.
The report states that a download speed of 10mb is the baseline for a “decent” service.
People living in properties with internet speeds of lower than 10mb may struggle to do video calls, and their internet capabilities will be limited to mostly browsing.
In terms of working from home, each person should have a dedicated download speed of at least 10mb and and an upload speed of 1mb to be able to work effectively.
For a household containing two people working from home, for example, a download speed of 20mb would be required.
The minimum speed required by streaming services like Netlfix is 5mb, though buffering and changes to picture quality can occur at this speed.
For BBC iPlayer, however, the bandwidth required to stream most shows on the platform is higher than 5mb, though no specific figure is given.
Here is a breakdown of the figures published in Ofcom’s report as they relate to each county in North Wales.
95% of residential premises across Anglesey possess internet speeds of 10mb or higher, which is the baseline for a “decent” service according to the report.
This is 2% lower than the national figure for Wales.
89% of premises in Anglesey have access to “superfast” broadband, but only 16% have access to full fibre.
94% of premises in Gwynedd have access to decent broadband, one per cent less than in Anglesey.
88% of premises have access to superfast broadband which is required if several devices are working simultaneously and for things like 4k ultra-HD streaming.
The percentage of premises with access to fibre is lower in Gwynedd than the figure for Wales as a whole, standing at 16% in comparison to the 19% national figure.
The situation in Conwy is better in some respects, but worse in others.
97% of residential premises have access to decent broadband.
93% have access to superfast broadband, but the number of premises with a full fibre connection is much lower, standing at only 7%, which is 12% lower than the national figure.
In Denbighshire, 95% of properties have access to decent broadband with a 10mb download speed or higher.
90% have access to superfast broadband, but only 8% have access to full fibre.
Only two per cent of properties in Flintshire have no decent broadband access.
98% have internet speeds of 10mb or more – a percentage point higher than the national figure for Wales.
94% have access to superfast broadband, with 31% possessing internet speeds of 100mb and above.
Full fibre is more in line with the national figure, standing at 18% in comparison to 19% for the whole of Wales.
Of all the North Wales counties, Wrexham has by far the highest percentage of premises with full fibre access, with the figure standing at 37%.
95% have access to superfast broadband and, like Flintshire, only two percent do not have decent broadband access with 98% of properties possessing speeds of 10mb or higher.
For Wales as a whole, 97% of homes have access to decent broabdand.
94% have access to superfast and 19% have access to full fibre – 7% more than in 2019.
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