Last update 27th September 2014 by Eric Malcomson

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As at Mon, 27 Apr 2015 05:01:51 GMT - 413 people signed up, 389 properties installed.

Work on laying the fibre-optic cables between the villages started in Wappenham on the 18th August and at 10th February is largely complete. Work is now proceding to change the radio feeds to the main access points in each village onto the fibre-optic network.

A 14mm plastic tube is laid up to 1.5m underground. Through this tube a cable has been blown containing 24 fibre-optic "wires". One of these fibres will be connected to each village's main radio access point. The other end is connected to our router in Wappenham Church. This router is then connected by fibre-optics to Telehouse East in London and from there to the main national and international internet. The connections from our access points and from anyone who is directly connected to our fibre-optic network run at speeds of 1,000Mbps symmetrical -that is, download and upload. The radio connections to an access point run at up to 100Mbps.

View the latest photos of our progress here...

Abthorpe Broadband Association limited - a not-for-profit limited by guarantee company - has been delivering broadband to the communities of Abthorpe and Slapton since 2003 and decided to make a step change in the service, on behalf of the communities, by upgrading to superfast broadband*.  There are no other plans to provide superfast broadband services into this area so we have had to do it ourselves. Our plans are on track to complete superfast roll-out by the end of March 2015.

The picture shows Peter and Richard fixing identification plates.

The catchement area is about 600 properties in the upper Tove Valley.  This area includes the villages of Abthorpe, Slapton, Wappenham, Lois Weedon, Weston, Astwell and Bradden and of course the surrounding more isolated properties and hamlets. We have extened the radio links to Helmdon and Moreton Pinkney. You can see a coverage map here, and a list of Post Codes here, but if you are not quite within the area, it might be worth contacting us and expressing your interest - we like a challenge! You can see the topography in our Panoramas.

* Superfast broadband is defined by the EU and UK governments as better than 30Mbps
Phase 2 of this project is supported by the Rural Development Programme for England, for which Defra is the Managing Authority, part financed by The European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development: Europe investing in rural areas.