Faster broadband in national parks

Faster residential and business broadband is to be rolled out in both Dartmoor and Exmoor national parks.

Speeds of up to 100Mbps will be made available in these areas of the West Country after Airband made a successful bid for the provision of services through the Connecting Devon and Somerset (CDS) project. The contract, which is worth £4.6m, will ensure that almost 6,000 residential and business premises will have access to the faster services they need. Airband will established a fixed wireless access network of masts to supply the superfast speeds.

The CDS project, which is funded by BDUK, is just a small part of the larger £750m project designed to bring faster services to the whole area. The CDS project has also found support from the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership through its Growth Deal and Growing Places Fund.

The MD of Airband, Redmond Peel, said that the company’s previous experience in supplying faster residential and business broadband in the Welsh hills means that it can tackle the challenges that come with the provision of services within the national parks. He added that Airband will be able to use “a high proportion of existing structures and buildings to build a robust network”, which will reduce delays and planning issues.

The CDS project is set to deliver superfast broadband to approximately 90% of residential and business properties in both national parks by the end of next year.