Devon's Full Fibre Broadband Rollout
Airband rolls out access to full fibre broadband to another 1,700 homes and businesses in Devon.
11:49 20 March 2023
Internet service provider Airband has successfully rolled out access to full fibre broadband to another 1,700 homes and businesses as part of the Connecting Devon and Somerset (CDS) programme. The firm is also scheduled to roll out the service to a further 1,150 homes and businesses in South Devon by spring.
Redmond Peel, Founder and Director of Airband, said: “We’re very pleased with the progress made on this project so far, and encouraged by the number of households and businesses that are already benefitting from it. Many more people have registered interest in the project, which bodes very well for the region as a whole in terms of increased access to the benefits of FTTP broadband. Compared with more urban settings, building, maintaining and upgrading rural broadband networks can present some unique challenges – for instance to date, across the whole project, we have applied for and obtained over 550 wayleaves. Working closely with CDS, we strive to meet these challenges head on and are looking forward to connecting many more communities in 2023 and beyond.”
Airband has also confirmed that they have started the work to rollout the same service to almost 600 premises in Stogumber and West Bagbourough in Somerset.
Karl Tucker, Chair of the Heart of the South West LEP, said: “Rural connectivity is vital to improving productivity and prosperity across the Heart of the South West. It’s fantastic that thousands more homes and businesses will benefit from full fibre broadband, helping to keep communities connected, and ensure businesses don’t miss out on going digital.”