Rural broadband provider, Broadway Partners, has extended its gigabit-capable broadband connection to six rural communities in Monmouthshire, Wales. The villages of LLansoy, Llangovan, Llandenny, Llanarth, Llangwm and Kingcoed will all benefit from high-speed fibre broadband, reaching approximately 400 households.
In July last year, Broadway launched a £2m scheme to help improve connectivity in rural Monmouthshire and plans to make more than 10,000 premises gigabit capable by 2023. The investment is part-funded by a commercial loan from Monmouthshire County Council and the DCMS (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport) Rural Gigabit Connectivity Voucher Scheme, which aims to ensure those living in remote areas of the country have access to the same quality of broadband as is increasingly available in urban areas.
Michael Armitage, CEO of Broadway Partners said: “We’re delighted to have connected these communities and progress our rollout across the county. The region’s challenging topography has meant that it has suffered from some of the poorest broadband speeds in the country and, as a result, has been left behind by urban areas. The internet has been a lifeline for people during the pandemic and we’re proud to deliver high-speed, affordable broadband when it is needed more than ever.”
Broadway Partners specialises in connecting rural areas across the UK that are typically left behind by the larger broadband providers. Using a combination of fixed-wireless and fibre technologies, the company is able to reach the places that larger networks often cannot.
Last month, Broadway installed two full-fibre cabinets in Pembrokeshire at St Ishmaels and Woodstock Cross, which will soon serve the surrounding project areas of Dale, New Moat, Crymych and Ambleston.