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Major broadband upgrade in Shropshire

10th April 2024

Major broadband upgrade to benefit over 6,000 homes and businesses in Shropshire

  • Work will begin immediately to provide Gigabit capable connectivity to some of the most hard-to-reach parts of Shropshire

  • Voneus wins £12 million government-funded Project Gigabit contract to deliver fast, reliable broadband to around 6,000 eligible homes


Wednesday, 10th April 2024, London: Thousands of homes and businesses in rural Shropshire will benefit from Gigabit capable full fibre broadband as Voneus is awarded £12 million through the government’s Project Gigabit programme.

The 18-month project is part of the government’s £5 billion plan to upgrade hard-to-reach communities across the UK to gigabit-capable broadband. The programme will help grow the economy, with new digital infrastructure delivering better-paid jobs and creating opportunity right across the country.

The Voneus network will be rolled out across large areas of rural Shropshire, including Alberbury, Westbury, Snailbeach, Wentnor, Ford, Hanwood, Longden, Dorrington, Leebotwood and Bicton, bringing faster, more reliable broadband to local residents and communities.

Work building the new full fibre network has already begun with the first properties ready to connect before the end of the year.

In conjunction with the government, Voneus will also provide private investment to deliver this transformative initiative and expand its existing coverage in Shropshire.

Following a merger with the former Shropshire based SWS Broadband in September 2023, Voneus is already committed to building full fibre in towns and villages across South Shropshire, including Church Stretton, Bishop’s Castle and Craven Arms.

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.”

Voneus CEO Christopher Traggio, said:

“Voneus is excited to strengthen its partnership with BDUK, adding this project to the several thousand homes that have already benefited from our joint efforts.

“As a BDUK partner, and a leader in rural gigabit connectivity, we work hard to enable residents and small businesses to join the switch to better broadband." 

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."



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Notes to editors

Project Gigabit

Project Gigabit is the government’s flagship £5 billion programme to enable hard-to-reach communities to access lightning-fast gigabit-capable broadband. It targets homes and businesses that are not included in broadband suppliers’ plans, reaching parts of the UK that might otherwise miss out on getting the digital connectivity they need.

By the end of 2025, the government is targeting 85% of the UK to have gigabit-capable connectivity, and then nationwide coverage by 2030.

Premises set to be reached by these contracts are subject to change following detailed planning by the suppliers or due to technical reasons during the lifetime of the contract.