Last update 3rd April 2015 by Eric Malcomson
There is a £100 Membership fee to be paid to complete your
As at Wed, 27 May 2015 14:35:59 GMT -
423 people signed
up, 394 properties installed.
Work on laying the fibre-optic cables between the villages and linking these to
the main village radio access points has been completed and anyone in Abthorpe,
Lois Weedon, Slapton, Wappenham and Weston - most properties in Astwell and
Bradden and most properties in the surrounding area shohuld be able to receive
superfast (that is, greater than 30Mbps) broadband.
A 14mm plastic tube has been 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
by upgrading to superfast broadband*. There were no other plans to provide
superfast broadband services into this area so we have had to do it ourselves. The work
was completed by the end of March 2015, costing about £230,000 and we received
£108,658 in grant from the government and European Union towards these costs.
The picture shows one of our intrepid installers setting up yet another
The catchement area is about 1000
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
* Superfast broadband is defined by the EU and UK governments as better than
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.