Wildanet, a British ISP focused on the provision of fixed broadband connectivity in rural areas, has begun to expand its network to the county of Devon, ISPreview reports. With Widlanet having previously begun the rollout of both fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) and fixed wireless access (FWA) technologies in parts of Cornwall last year, it has announced its expansion to Devon by confirming Totnes and Dartington as the first two locations where it will deploy its infrastructure. With up to 6,000 premises set to benefit as a result of its network expansion, work is expected to get underway this summer and will reportedly be carried out on street-by-street basis. According to Wildanet, the network build is expected to take ‘a number of months’.
Commenting, Wildanet’s chief executive, Helen Wylde, was cited as saying: ‘We believe every person, business and community should have the freedom to access the opportunities high speed broadband provides. That’s why we’re investing GBP50 million [USD60 million] to build a new high speed digital network across the South West, and we’re delighted to be coming to Totnes and Dartington. This will be our first connected community in Devon and we look forward to working with the local community to deliver the service they deserve.’
Wildanet, which is backed by the Gresham House British Strategic Investment Infrastructure Fund (BSIF), has already begun work on deploying fibre broadband to communities across Cornwall, with the company currently advertising its network as being available in the following locations: Camborne, Camelford, Constantine (South), Dobwalls, Falmouth, Liskeard, Newquay, Padstow, Redruth, Roche, Sennen and St Buryan.