£12m contract secured for Shropshire broadband

Voneus, a provider of broadband services, has secured a £12m contract under the government’s Project Gigabit initiative.

The 18-month project aims to provide gigabit-capable connectivity to approximately 6,000 homes in some of the most remote areas of Shropshire.

Part of the UK government’s £5bn plan to upgrade broadband infrastructure in rural communities it will ensure access to fast and reliable internet and will create several job opportunities.

The rollout of Voneus’ network will cover vast rural stretches, including areas like Alberbury, Westbury, Snailbeach, Wentnor, Ford, Hanwood, Longden, Dorrington, Leebotwood, and Bicton. This expansion will significantly enhance broadband connectivity for residents and businesses in these communities.

Construction of the new full-fibre network has already commenced, with the first properties scheduled for connection before the year ends.

In collaboration with the government, Voneus will also contribute private investment to further extend broadband coverage in Shropshire.

Minister for Data and Digital Infrastructure, Julia Lopez, said: “Project Gigabit is set to revolutionise connectivity in hard-to-reach areas across Shropshire. Thanks to this government investment, sluggish broadband will soon be a thing of the past for many rural communities. From Snailbeach to Leebotwood, residents and businesses in rural areas will soon bid farewell to buffering woes, not only improving lives but supporting our mission to grow the economy.”

 Councillor Robert Macey, Shropshire Council cabinet member with responsibility for Culture and Digital, said: “As a rural county we welcome the investment which will benefit 6,000 properties in Shropshire by providing fast, reliable broadband. Not only will this investment in our digital infrastructure help to keep our residents connected, but, since many of Shropshire’s small businesses are operated from households across the county, it is essential for the future of the local economy.”