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Voneus Bring 60-80Mbps Broadband to Dunton in Rural Bedfordshire

Friday, November 25th, 2016 (10:08 am) - Score 1,426
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Some 300 homes and businesses in the digitally isolated rural Bedfordshire (England) village of Dunton can now access broadband speeds of up to 100Mbps after Voneus built a new wireless network, which is distributed via eight small transmitters on top the local St Mary Magdalene church.

Existing fixed line broadband services in Dunton, which are delivered via Openreach’s (BT) old copper lines from the Biggleswade telephone exchange, have until recently been woefully slow and many homes would struggle to receive much above 1Mbps.

However a collaboration between Voneus, Virgin Media, the local council and various church authorities has delivered a major upgrade. In short, Voneus installed a transmitter at Saxon Pool & Leisure Centre in nearby Biggleswade (supplied by Virgin’s fibre optic network), which then beams the connection directly to a receiver on the tower of St Mary Magdalene church in Dunton. After that eight smaller transmitters are used to distribute the service around the village, which are also attached to the same church.

Gary Day, Voneus Sales Director, said:

“It was a pleasure to work on such an innovative project. St Mary Magdalene Church has been the focal of community life in Dunton for centuries, and it’s great to see the tower now playing a vital role in providing the village with superfast broadband connectivity to the wider global community.”

Adam Zerny, Central Bedfordshire Councillor, said:

“Getting superfast broadband to Dunton has been a real triumph of people power. The Dunton Broadband Group found a determined and effective broadband installer in Voneus and the company have moved mountains to get the village connected.”

Prices for the 100Mbps capable service start at £20 inc VAT per month for a 20GB usage allowance or £34.99 for unlimited usage, on top of that there’s usually a £149.99 installation fee. Apparently locals are already said to be receiving download speeds of between 60-80Mbps

The MP for North East Bedfordshire, Alistair Burt, is due to visit Dunton on Friday 2nd December and tour the new network. Earlier this month Voneus also deployed a similar solution to the rural Gloucestershire village of Miserden (here).

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3 Responses
  1. Rick Fraser

    Mostly happened due to the determination and efforts of the Dunton Broadband Action Group – well done guys, and thankfully they found an equally determined partner in Voneus so well done Voneus.

  2. Chris

    All things being equal I hope it is us next in Priddy, Somerset. We have been in talks with Voneus and I believe the roll out is planned for late January – the fiber backhaul is being planned at the moment. Due to a smaller set of premises I think the installation cost is higher for commercial viability but this will be paid for using the CDS voucher scheme. Vouchers are only available for the next 2 days but once issued are valid until end of March I think. Priddy had the dubious honor of being selected for a Government sponsored satellite pilot scheme that the locals rejected forcefully. The Voneus offering is far more compelling and has the support of much of the village.

  3. Chris

    Does anyone know if this can be extended to the next village , Eyeworth .
    ( given the flat terrain and relatively short extra distance from Biggleswade, would this be feasible ? )

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