Last update 27th September 2014 by Eric Malcomson
There is a £100 Membership fee to be paid to complete your
As at Tue, 30 Sep 2014 20:52:00 GMT -
356 people signed
up, 335 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 WiFi 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 connection from our access points (and anyone who is
directly connected to our fibre-optic network) is capable of running at
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
* Superfast broadband is defined by the EU and UK governments as better than
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.