Last update 05 August 2015 by Eric Malcomson.
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As at Thu, 03 Sep 2015 20:10:02 GMT - 453 people signed up, 411 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 enclosed area should be able to receive superfast (that is, greater than 30Mbps) broadband. We also provide fast broadband service to Helmdon and other parts adjoining the Tove Valley core area. You can see a coverage map here, and a list of Post Codes here,

Superfast speeds are obtained through a 1,000Mbps connection from one of the main internet switching locations in London to Wappenham. Here it connects to our fibre-optic cables and then to our village access points.
The connections from these access points and from anyone who is directly connected to our fibre-optic network can run at speeds approaching 1,000Mbps symmetrical -that is, download and upload.
The radio connections from premises 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. The work to deliver superfast broadband 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 an opened-up fibre-optic cable connection dome.

* Superfast broadband is defined by the EU and UK governments as better than 30Mbps
The Superfast 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.