Rural Cheshire to Receive Full-Fibre Broadband
Airband to supply full-fibre broadband rural and hard-to-reach areas of Cheshire.
09:15 20 January 2021
Airband, one of the UK's largest UK rural connectivity providers, is set to deploy ultrafast full-fibre broadband to more than 4,000 homes and properties in rural and hard-to-reach areas of Cheshire. This comes as the firm wins a £4.5million contract from Cheshire County Council.
The project, which is set to start in early 2021, is funded by the UK government’s Connecting Cheshire initiative, which includes Warrington Borough Council, Cheshire East Council, Cheshire West and Chester and Halton Borough Council.
Nick Mannion, Cheshire East Council’s cabinet member for environment and regeneration, said: “The fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) deal with Airband comes at a key time during the pandemic, to provide optimum connectivity to homeworkers and businesses across Cheshire East,”
“The innovative methods to connect hard-to-reach and rural areas will certainly boost work productivity and streaming family entertainment services during national lockdown and beyond. Swifter internet services will help limit many of the frustrations people are facing now, juggling home and work life. It is crucial that everyone has sufficient internet at all hours to suit diverse working patterns and household needs.”
Airband founder and director Redmond Peel, said: “Our focus has always been on expanding and simplifying digital access for rural communities. With access to high-quality broadband fast becoming a human right, we can’t wait to get started building the network that will give residents of rural and hard-to-reach areas of Cheshire the connectivity they deserve.”