Fibre Broadband Reaches 1000 Premises in Herefordshire
Herefordshire Council’s Fastershire project celebrates milestone as it reaches 1000 premises.
05:13 15 February 2020
Herefordshire council has partnered with broadband network supplier Airband to deliver fast fibre internet connection to as many premises as possible. The project, which has recently celebrated a milestone after it reached 1000 premises, is set to cover additional 3,000 residential and commercial properties.
The rollout, which is managed by the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs using the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE), is fully funded by Herefordshire Council and the Rural Broadband Infrastructure Scheme.
Airband project manager for the Marches, Martin Cumming, said work was nearly complete on the third and final fibre cluster in the area.
“This has been our first large-scale fibre network and it has been a fantastic project to work on. Reaching remote areas always throws up lots of challenges - we’ve worked really hard to be adaptable and flexible in design and deployment to overcome weather conditions and also to make sure that we minimise any disruption to local roads.
“We’re nearing the end of infrastructure works in Leintwardine area, which we anticipate will be live by the end of February 2020. This network will provide fibre connectivity to an extra 847 premises, making the total reach of the project 2630 premises,” he said.