Hot on the heels of last month’s news that we’ve has been shortlisted for two ISP Awards, we’re thrilled to announce that our work connecting Britain’s rural communities has received yet more recognition.

The Voneus community of Talaton in East Devon has been named as finalist in two categories in the upcoming Connected Britain Awards. It’s in the frame for both the Wireless Connectivity Award and the Superfast Award.

Talaton’s story:
Frustrated with internet speeds of just 0.5Mbs, the 400 residents of Talaton had been on a five-year mission to join the digital age. While they had been promised Fibre-to-the-Cabinet, it took a Freedom of Information request to reveal that wasn’t going to happen anytime soon.

With their patience running out, the villagers decided to use their broadband vouchers to fund a new fixed wireless broadband network from Voneus.

This infrastructure, which went live at the end of 2017, took some creative engineering from our team. It connects the village to a Virgin Media fibre network located at Exeter Science Park, some 12 miles away. This required us to construct a hop-point at the midway point, together with four hop-points in the village, from which the remotest farms and homes were connected.

Today, all the residents enjoy internet speeds of between 30 Mbs and 50 Mbs – more than enough to support the many devices used in modern households.

“Talaton is a fantastic example of a rural community that just won’t take no for an answer,” said Steve Leighton, Voneus CEO. “We’re delighted that Talaton’s tenacity has paid off and that we could play a part bringing them into the digital age.”

The Connected Britain Awards winners will be announced in London on 19th June 2018.

Good luck Talaton!