Council signs broadband contract

19 Jan 2021 09:48
Published by: Scott Callan


CHESHIRE East is set to receive a much-needed connectivity boost from leading broadband provider Airband as part of a £4.5million deal.

The project will deliver gigabit-capable, full-fibre broadband connectivity to more than 4,000 properties, including local businesses, across rural or hard-to-reach areas across Cheshire.

With the support of the remaining European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) backing available to UK authorities, the project will start in early 2021 and is expected be completed by March 2023.

As well as Cheshire East, Warrington, Cheshire West and Chester and Halton are all taking part in the project.

Nick Mannion, Cheshire East cabinet member for environment and regeneration, said: “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.”

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.”

More details of the coverage areas will be published in the coming weeks. In addition, Cheshire East and the Connecting Cheshire partnership are exploring and seeking further solutions for other areas that have connectivity problems.


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