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Airband Contracted to Rollout FTTP Broadband in East Cheshire

Friday, January 15th, 2021 (7:13 am) - Score 1,464
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The Cheshire East Council in England has awarded a new publicly funded contract, worth about £4.5 million, to UK ISP Airband in order to help extend gigabit-capable Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband to a further 4,100+ homes and businesses in some of the hardest to reach (e.g. rural) areas.

At present more than 95% of premises in Cheshire East should be able to order “superfast broadband” speeds (30Mbps+) and a big chunk of that is thanks to the state aid supported Connecting Cheshire programme (Cheshire East, Cheshire West and Chester, Halton and Warrington) with Openreach (BT), which has helped to extend the availability of FTTC and some FTTP services.

NOTE: Airband’s rollout will start in early 2021 and is expected to last until March 2023.

According to the last Open Market Review (OMR), which concluded in April 2020, some 28,000 premises across the whole of Cheshire are still in need of better broadband connectivity. The good news is that today’s new contract win by Airband, for East Cheshire, should help to take a bite out of that.

Roughly half of the funding for this new contract, which was signed at the end of 2020, comes from the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) via the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG), while the other half appears to reflect investment that has been returned by BT thanks to gainshare in earlier contracts (i.e. money returned as a result of high take-up in upgraded areas).

Redmond Peel, Founder and Director of Airband, said:

“We are excited to have won this contract. 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.”

Councillor Nick Mannion, Cheshire East Council’s, 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.”

The development comes a few short months after Airband revealed that they planned to deploy their ultrafast Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) network to cover over 500,000 UK premises by the end of 2025 (here), which occurred after Aberdeen Standard Investments (ASI) acquired a majority stake in the company. Last month also saw them scoop up another contract win in Devon (here).

Customers of Airband typically pay from £38 per month on a 12-month term for an unlimited 40Mbps (10Mbps upload) package and that goes up to £47 per month for their top 250Mbps (75Mbps upload) tier. A one-off installation charge of £99 is usually applicable. The provider does a mix of Government-funded projects and has a growing number of demand-led fibre broadband projects too.

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Mark Jackson
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Mark is a professional technology writer, IT consultant and computer engineer from Dorset (England), he also founded ISPreview in 1999 and enjoys analysing the latest telecoms and broadband developments. Find me on Twitter, , Facebook and Linkedin.
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4 Responses
  1. Avatar Mark says:

    Interesting that the Connecting Cheshire website (covering all authorities in the county) makes no mention of this at all. It’s not clear from the announcement from Cheshire East, who have coordinated previous contracts for all Cheshire, whether this covers just them or all the county, but we are promised more details of the coverage area in “the coming weeks”.

  2. Avatar Peter S says:

    Does anyone know whether Airband currently has wholesale agreements in place with any of the large ISP’s, please?

  3. Avatar F4AMM says:

    Seems to me like Cheshire East council are looking after their own when the Connecting Cheshire project is meant to encompass all of Cheshire. Whilst this news is indeed great for the East, there are many others in the West in a dire broadband situation.

    1. Avatar Peter S says:

      Yes, I agree. The local authorities in Cheshire don’t currently offer any top up funding and have no real strategy to support Community led schemes.

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