Last update 27th September 2014 by Eric Malcomson

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As at Sat, 31 Jan 2015 08:31:07 GMT - 392 people signed up, 367 properties installed.

Work started in Wappenham on the 18th August and is expected to be
completed and operational before Christmas.

A 15mm plastic tube is laid up to 1.5m underground. Through this tube will be blown a cable containing 24 fibre-optic "wires". One of these fibres is 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 West 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 are capable of running at 1,000Mbps.

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 for the last ten years and decided to make a step change in the service by upgrading to superfast broadband*.  There are no other plans to provide superfast broadband services into this area, so we have to do it ourselves. Our plans are to complete superfast roll-out by the end of 2014.

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, Bradden and Helmdon and of course the surrounding more isolated properties and hamlets. 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.