PROGRESS on the rollout of superfast broadband across Dartmoor was top of the agenda in a meeting today between industry representatives, Devon County Council, and local MP Mel Stride, whose Central Devon constituency covers much of Dartmoor National Park. The meeting was hosted by Cambium Networks in Ashburton, equipment suppliers to Airband, whose fixed wireless technology is set to go live across Dartmoor, improving broadband speeds for thousands of residents and hundreds of businesses.
Airband representative Dan Jones, who attended the meeting, said:
“Airband is ideal for highly rural areas where the costs and logistics of laying fibre cables are often prohibitive. We were delighted Connecting Devon and Somerset chose us as one of their suppliers for phase two of their programme focusing on reaching the country’s most rural properties and with masts already going up we hope to go live very soon.”
Mr Stride added:
“Three-quarters of my constituency will have access to superfast broadband by the end of 2016 – a significant achievement for one of the most rural constituencies in England – but I remain concerned about the hardest to reach areas. I am optimistic that Airband’s wireless technology is the answer and there’s no doubt its success would be a huge moment for those living and working within Dartmoor National Park.”
Nationally, superfast broadband (speeds of 24Mbps and above) is available to 83% of UK premises, up from 45% in 2010, and average broadband speeds have quadrupled over the same period. 99% of premises had access to speeds of 2Mbps or above by the end of 2015.
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