Airband secures funding boost of £16m

Airband, fixed wireless ISP, has got an investment of £16 million additionally for the expansion of superfast and ultrafast broadband connectivities in rural areas from the National Digital Infrastructure Fund and cover extra 50000 premises in England & Wales by the year 2021.

The National Digital Infrastructure Fund is supported by £400m Digital Infrastructure Investment Fund of the UK Government. Deployment of full fibre networks in rural isolated areas will be difficult where the provider plans to build networks with their efficient combination of fibre & fixed wireless connections to avoid previous problems in deployment of ultrafast networks in these areas. Ruraloptic, a hybrid solution, has been supported by their existing large network and at present claims to provide ultrafast connectivity to more than 20000 premises to private homes, SMEs, local authorities, charities & emergency services.

The current investment of £16 million aims to cover 50000 premises additionally by the year 2021. This investment is beyond contractual BDUK subsidies of £25m which normally supported for their projects in England and Wales.

MD of Airband Community Internet Ltd – Redmond Peel said that they have been doing network expansion of their fixed wireless access to benefit thousands of rural premises in hardest parts in Shropshire, Devon, Wales and the Midlands. With this additional investment they can reach more premises with their hybrid fibre network – RuralOptic which completed a trail recently. The technology blend is used to connect isolated rural areas or communities. They feel happy and proud to bring the areas with superfast broadband.

Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury – Robert Jenrick said that the current investment depicts how they are providing better broadband. As many people live at home and do everything online, it is very important that better broadband is required to support this. They would like to deploy full fibre broadband across the UK as early.

The infrastructure specialist company – Amber Infrastructure Group is managing the National Digital Infrastructure Fund and NDIF acquired a shareholding in Airband. So we can expect to give more flexibility in bidding future deployment contracts.

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