Technology firm Connexin has secured £58.6m in government funding to install fast broadband in Nottinghamshire and West Lincolnshire.
The Hull-based provider says it will target 34,000 rural properties in places such as Sutton-in-Ashfield, Wragby, Kirkby in Ashfield and Market Rasen. And money from Building Digital UK, a Government agency focussed on the roll-out of gigabit-capable broadband and the expansion of 4G mobile coverage, will be used to install Connexin’s full fibre to the premise infrastructure which could give households access to speeds of up to 1Gbps.
The firm plans to have the first properties connected by early 2025 says it will create new opportunities for residents and businesses struggling with sluggish internet. Alongside the investment, which is part of £1bn contracted through the Project Gigabit programme, Connexin will volunteer charitable hours and provide career mentoring and apprentices across to two areas.
Furqan Alamgir, CEO at Connexin, said: “Through the award of this contract, we are delighted to be able to play our part in the UK Government’s mission to level up and bring gigabit connectivity to our rural communities. At Connexin our mission is not just about connecting people but also about how such connectivity can improve lives. We believe that everyone has the right to the same opportunities, and we firmly believe in digital inclusion and what it can unlock.
“We look forward to working with BDUK to future proof the infrastructure and bring fast, reliable broadband to the region.”
Coun Keith Girling, Nottinghamshire County Council’s cabinet member for economic development, said: “We’re delighted that this investment will provide access to faster and more reliable broadband services for many of our rural communities, helping them with their day-to-day lives, particularly those who work from home or need online access to essential services. Being better connected boosts our economy and helps to make Nottinghamshire an even more attractive place to live, work and invest.”
Coun Richard Davies, executive member for IT at Lincolnshire County Council, said: “We welcome the news of this funding and supplier selection. It is vitally needed in terms of connecting rural areas and it will mean a level playing field in the provision of connectivity for both rural and urban areas. For Lincolnshire, this additional money will make a very real difference to those who live in more remote areas of the county.”
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