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Wessex Internet Bring FTTP Broadband to 16 Rural Villages in Q2 2024

Friday, Jul 5th, 2024 (7:29 am) - Score 480
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Rural UK ISP Wessex Internet, which is rolling out a gigabit-capable Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband network across remote parts of Dorset, Wiltshire, Hampshire and Somerset in England, has listed the latest batch of 16 communities to be added to their live network coverage between April and June 2024 (Q2).

The provider’s existing footprint is vaguely said to cover “tens of thousands of homes” (some of this may include their old fixed wireless network), while their current business plan targets an “additional” 150,000 premises by 2027 through a combination of both subsidised and unsubsidised capital investment.

NOTE: Wessex Internet is backed by abrdn and in late 2023 secured £35m of extra funding, including a Senior Debt Facility from Triodos Bank (here). The ISP has also secured four Project Gigabit contracts – North Dorset (Lot 14.01 – 7,100 premises, £6m state aid), New Forest (Lot 27.01 – 10,500 premises, £14m), South Wiltshire (Lot 30 – 14,500 premises, £18.8m), Dorset and South Somerset (Lot 14 – 21,400 premises, £33.5m).

The latest update names the 16 villages and other rural communities in Dorset, Somerset and Hampshire that were connected to their new full fibre network between April and June 2024. During this period, the Dorset-based rural ISP has grown to more than 300 employees and was also named the ‘Best Rural Enterprise’ in the UK at the annual 2024 Countryside Alliance Awards.

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Wessex Internet’s 16 New Fibre Locations (Live)

In Dorset:

  • Child Okeford
  • Gussage St Michael
  • Hazelbury Bryan
  • Holwell
  • Mappowder & Pleck Hill
  • Marnhull
  • Stourton Caundle
  • Tadnoll

In Somerset:

  • Dimmer & Blackworthy
  • Lovington
  • Lytes Cary
  • Podimore
  • Somerton
  • Yeovilton
  • Welham

In Hampshire:

  • Damerham

Gavin Davies, Chief Operations Officer at Wessex Internet, said:

“Our network build has continued apace, as we bring reliable, ultrafast broadband to even more rural communities. We’ve reached an important milestone in now employing 300 staff to help reach homes and businesses in the countryside as efficiently as possible, but we’re not stopping here!

We will be continuing to grow our teams over the next few months, including at our new base in Codford, as we fulfil our plans to deliver full fibre internet to rural areas across Dorset, Somerset, Hampshire and Wiltshire.”

Prices for their full fibre packages start at £29 per month for a 100Mbps (15Mbps upload) tier on a 12-month term, but this only comes with a meagre 100GB data allowance (£44 for unlimited), and you’ll have to pay £49 (one-off) for activation. By comparison, their top unlimited usage plan will give 900Mbps (450Mbps upload) for £79 per month, which isn’t cheap but then they’re often the only FTTP choice in a lot of their locations (rural areas cost a lot more to serve too).

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2 Responses
  1. Avatar photo Keith says:

    They took my order on 23rd February 2023.
    Still waiting for our village to be connected. In the meantime they have lost a lot of potential customers to another provider, who unfortunately do not cover the road in which we live. So I’m still waiting for FTTP.

    1. Avatar photo Me says:

      Where I live I have a new estate of 120 homes next to ours and another one opposite being built of 130 homes. They were going to bring their service to my estate then pulled out for ‘commercial reasons’ but advised I could join in on them claiming a voucher from the government, they already bought the service to the road up from me. But I think it’s because gigaclear installed their network on my estate and the others, and they charge half what Wessex does, funnily enough when they came to run the fibre to my house they said Wessex fibre was already laid.. dodgy company Wessex only seem interested in having the monopoly and charging double what others do, and getting money from the government also.

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