More than 40,828 rural homes and businesses in Devon and Somerset will receive access to full fibre broadband by the end of 2024 through our contracts with Airband and Wessex Internet.
The contractual commitment from all three suppliers is for full fibre which is Gigabit capable. This means that even if residents only require a Superfast (30Mbps) connection now, from day one it is capable of Ultrafast (100Mbps) or Gigabit (1,000Mbps) speeds when they require it. Although the contracts seek to connect as many homes and businesses without superfast (minimum 30Mpbs download speed) broadband as possible not every premise can be included within the public funding available.
The contracts are also for open access which means other internet service providers (ISPs) can provide their content over the new networks.
Under an existing CDS broadband contract with Airband, fibre broadband is also continuing to be delivered to a further 6,000 homes and businesses across Northern and West Devon, parts of central Devon and West Somerset.
Thanks to the high level of take-up of broadband services in the region from previous connectivity delivered by Openreach, CDS is re-investing a £6 million dividend to extend full fibre coverage to over 2,000 premises, again working with Openreach, thanks to the Government’s “Gainshare” agreement with the company.