Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) ISP Airband, which last year secured an investment of £16m and hopes to bring superfast broadband to a further 50,000 premises across England and Wales by 2021, has reported that they’ve nearly doubled their staff and have moved into a new Worcester office (Kirkham House).
Over the past could of years Airband has secured a number of state aid supported Broadband Delivery UK contracts, such as in Shropshire, Devon and Somerset, which equates to around £25 million in existing contractual subsidies to help spread superfast broadband.
As a result of that and last year’s £16m investment from the National Digital Infrastructure Fund (here), Airband has been able to both expanded their network (on-going) and increase their staff count from 47 at the start of last year to 80 today. The growth has also necessitated a move into a bigger and better resourced office space.
Miranda Peel, Airband’s Human Resources Director, said (here):
“Airband is investing over £2m to deliver high speed fibre and wireless broadband to some of the most challenged rural areas across the UK, working with BDUK, local authorities and communities to build high availability infrastructure that residents, businesses and other ISP’s can access to help overcome the UK’s digital divide.”
Airband’s network is currently available across rural parts of Worcestershire, Herefordshire, Shropshire, Gloucestershire, Warwickshire, Devon, Somerset and Wales. The operator also has a few Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) style deployments, many of which are expected to start this year.