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University to host landmark North Wales ultrafast broadband conference

Wrexham Glyndwr University is to host a landmark broadband conference next week.

The Full Fibre Digital Connectivity for North Wales event has been organised by Deeside Business Forum takes place next Friday (February 23) from 8am-2pm at the Catrin Finch Centre.

It showcase the impressive social and economic benefits that full fibre connectivity can deliver to the region.

The informative day of events features presentations, case studies, speeches, workshops, information on funding, networking opportunities and more.

Forum chairman Askar Sheibani, a member of the University's board, said: "We look forward to welcoming our distinguished delegates from key stakeholders and partner organisations, including all six local authorities.

"The workshops are tailored to suit all types of understanding, from entry level to technical specialist understanding of the technologies surrounding fibre networks."

Mr Sheibani, CEO of Cometek Network Systems, added: "The UK’s fibre optic infrastructure is drastically and embarrassingly far behind that of many European nations such as Romania, Bulgaria and Sweden.

"North Wales now has the unique opportunity to implement Gigabit speed full-fibre broadband connectivity for private businesses to public sector organisations and domestic households."

The conference is the first of its kind in North Wales and will also look at the socio-economic benefits of better connectivity.

Preliminary Agenda:

08.00 | Networking & Refreshments 
08.30 | Welcome: Chair of Deeside Business Forum: Mr Askar Sheibani
08.40 | President DBF: The Rt Hon. Lord Barry Jones PC
08.50 | The Leader of Wrexham Council: Cllr Mark Pritchard 
09.00 | Ian Lucas MP: Member, UK Parliament DCMS (Digital, Culture, Media and Sport) Select Committee
09.10 | Hannah Blythyn AM: Welsh Government Minister for Environment
09.30 | UK Government - Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS): Justin Leese, Local Full Fibre Networks Program Director 
09.50 | Fibre Case Studies:
09.50 – B4RN:
10.05 – Aquacomms:
10.20 – CityFibre:
10.35 – Pinacl:
10.50 – Case studies Q&A 
11.10 | Gary Thompson: Economic Director, SMART Cities, Digital Economy, Innovation Strategist 
11.20 | Refreshment Break
11.40 | Workshops 3 x 50 minutes *please find further information on these below
12.30 | FibreSpeed
12.35 | Regional Digital Connectivity Strategy: North Wales Economic Ambition Board
12.45 | Q&A
13.00 | Networking & Lunch 
14.00 | Close

For more information and to register, visit