In a first for the UK, Lincoln based Internet Service Provider, AB Internet Ltd, has signed a contract with GigaPlus Argyll, working in partnership with Community Broadband Scotland, to deliver NGA compliant superfast broadband services via Fixed Wireless Access, to communities across west coast of Scotland.
In a project that provides an answer to what is also known as the ‘…final 10%’ challenge, the project will look to maximise coverage in areas where the £410m Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband fibre project is unlikely to reach.
Scotland’s Minister For Transport and Islands Derek Mackay said: ““This is a pioneering project overcoming significant geographical, engineering and commercial challenges to bring superfast broadband to homes and businesses not only scattered across communities, but in this case, across islands.
“Every day we are building on the growing broadband infrastructure, reaching further into our rural and remote areas. Every forward step supports the Scottish Government’s commitment to deliver first-rate connectivity in Scotland by 2020, ensuring we are a world class digital nation.”
Initially led by the Mull and Iona Community Trust, communities representing some of the hardest to reach broadband areas on Colonsay, Mull, Iona, Jura, Lismore, Islay, Luing and the peninsula of Craignish are working together to create community owned GigaPlus Argyll.
GigaPlus Argyll Ltd (GPA) procured and will manage the project which will be delivered by AB Internet in phases over the next 18 months
Moray Finch, Chairman of Gigaplus Argyll said “Connections in all of these areas are poor, many with speeds less than 2 Mbps, and the project will deliver transformational change to island residents and businesses. To go from the superslow lane to being able to offer affordable broadband to meet the needs of homeowners as well as uncontended commercial connections for businesses will open up huge opportunities for us.”
AB Internet will build a superfast broadband network comprising over 30 Points of Presence across the islands and mainland. This will deliver AB’s range of market leading ‘Essential broadband’ services to homes and businesses, offering broadband speeds of up to 50Mb and prices starting from £14.99 per month.
Darren Round, Managing Director for AB said, “We’re really excited about helping to changing the lives of the locals. Regardless of how you look at it, from the technical platform to the commercial model, or the community involvement to the headline user speeds, this is a ground-breaking project” he continued “Yet again, it’s evidence of what we have said all along; our unique way of Superfast delivery is proving itself to be the best and most cost-effective way of tackling the most challenging and ‘disconnected’ communities.”
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