Contract 3 – Airband
On Monday 10 July 2017, Connecting Shropshire announced that Airband Community Internet Ltd will be the delivery partner for the next phase of Shropshire Council’s superfast broadband programme in a contract worth £11.2m.
Since 2002, Airband has been providing high-speed wireless broadband access to rural areas. The Worcester-based company will be responsible for delivering superfast broadband to over 14,000 homes and businesses in the Shropshire Council area over the next three years.
To read the full press release, go to: https://shropshire.gov.uk/news/2017/07/connecting-shropshire-announces-contract/
Progress to date
Following the completion of Phase 1 in July 2018, Airband’s infrastructure now provides access to superfast* broadband for around 6,500 premises in the Shropshire Council area.
The following map shows the coverage delivered by the Airband infrastructure installed in Phase 1 of their contract with Connecting Shropshire:
Please note that Airband are only provided with State Aid funding to deliver superfast* broadband access to premises that have been defined as commercially undeliverable by other infrastructure providers as part of our State Aid Public Consultation exercise in 2016.
* download speeds exceeding 30mbps
Frequently asked questions
Am I in plan to benefit?
For an interactive map with a view of the planned/current Next Generation Access (NGA) coverage in the Shropshire Council area up to 2020, please click here. Please be aware that the map is indicative and actual coverage may change depending on where the infrastructure is located. NGA infrastructure is capable of delivering 30mbps.
To register your interest in the Airband roll-out and be kept up to date on progress, click here to go to the Airband website and enter your details.
When will I get access?
The build is split into phases, with phase 1 due for completion at the end of winter 2017. Further information will be added to the Connecting Shropshire website as the first phase progresses.
How does the system work?
Airband technology relies on ‘Line of Sight’, which means that the receiver on your property needs to have a clear view of one of the Airband transmitters. In the design and planning phase of the project, Airband use advanced software to map each property and establish where a connection can be achieved, without the need to complete an onsite survey for each property.
What if I live in a listed building and/or a Conservation Area?
If your property is listed, you will need to speak to Shropshire Council’s Historic Environment team in order to either seek permission or check requirements. For more information, click on the following link: Shropshire LBC Advice, February 2018
Will it cost more?
There will be a number of different providers and monthly packages available depending on the speed you require.
For more Frequently Asked Questions and answers, go to: http://connectingshropshire.co.uk/faqs/