Airband starts work on ultrafast broadband boost across South and Vale

Independent broadband firm Airband has started work on its fibre network in Oxfordshire as part of the BiRO project, delivering ultrafast broadband to businesses in rural Oxfordshire.

The contract was awarded on October 29, 2019 for two Lots (Lots 3 and 4) covering Vale of White Horse and South Oxfordshire for £2,852,216 and is due to end on 21 March 2021.

Work commenced on the project during the first week of February 2020 in the South Oxfordshire district, with night works on Thame High Street.


What is the the BiRO Project?

The BiRO project (Broadband for Rural Businesses in Oxfordshire) has been funded £6.3m by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development. It will provide ultrafast broadband to 970 SMEs across the region.

Airband is an independent internet service provider specialising in delivering connectivity to hard-to-reach areas. 

The company will provide superfast broadband for businesses operating in rural Oxfordshire, which are not planned to be reached by any existing provider’s commercial plans.

Airband Project Lead, Andy Brain, said:

“This first cluster stretches from Thame to Chinnor. We’ll also be working on other clusters at the same time including the second cluster which goes from Henley-on-Thames to Lower Shiplake and Sonning Common and a third cluster from Childrey to Kingston Lisle, west of Wantage. We expect all of these clusters to be finished by June 2020 if not before.”

In order to provide ultrafast connectivity for businesses in rural Oxfordshire, Airband uses existing infrastructure where possible. Sometimes access to the infrastructure is via privately owned land.

Oxfordshire County Councillor, Nick Carter, for the Thame & Chinnor Division, said:

“Faster broadband is a game changer for rural areas and access to ultrafast connectivity will help so many of rural businesses to prosper and grow. A lot of time, money and effort has gone into the BiRO project because providing better connectivity for our rural areas is so important, both now and in the future.”

Find out more about the Better Broadband for Oxfordshire projects here.