Wildanet, a Cornish broadband provider, has started work on the £50 million roll out of its new broadband network across the county. The new hyperfast network is set to transform connectivity for hard to reach areas of Cornwall.
The first communities to benefit will be in Wildanet’s hometown of Liskeard and the surrounding rural areas within the PL14 postcode, with about 6,000 premises expected to be able to receive the new service. Work is already underway and is expected to complete in the Liskeard area early Autumn.
“Fast, reliable broadband is an essential part of modern life as has been demonstrated more than ever in the last 12 months when we have all become so much more dependent on our internet connections. With this trend likely to continue and a growing number of devices within the home, having a fast and reliable connection is going to become an increasingly important part of our day-to-day lives,” said Ian Calvert, founder and chief executive of Wildanet.
Wildanet has been connecting homes and businesses in Cornwall since 2017, largely using fixed wireless technology to bring superfast broadband to communities otherwise limited to broadband access via the more traditional and slower copper cable networks.
After early investment from a number of angel investors supported by Crowdcube and the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Investment Fund (CIOSIF) at the end of 2020 Wildanet secured a £50m investment from the Gresham House BSI Infrastructure Fund LP (BSIF) to enable it to roll out its new gigabit-capable broadband network across the county.