26 June 2014

Following our successful bid for the DCMS Innovation fund (story here), we're very pleased to announce that Connecting Devon and Somerset has been selected as the location of our pilot project

to bring superfast broadband the hardest to reach areas across the country.

We know from our customers in the region how important good broadband is for their daily life both business and domestic. Our project with Connecting Devon and Somerset will pilot new satellite technology to connect more people to Superfast in the most remote areas and share those results with broadband projects all over the country.

The new solutions to be piloted in the project are satellite subdistribution via wi-fi and a new generation of faster satmodems and services from our long-standing partner, SES Broadband Services.

“This is a hugely important national initiative and we are pleased to have the merits of satellite technology recognised in connecting those hardest to reach areas,” said Patrick Biewer, Managing Director of SES Broadband Services. “The Astra Connect solution has already seen great success in Germany and we look forward to seeing it help bridge the digital divide in the UK.”

For the full announcement by DCMS about the BDUK Innovation Fund, please visit: www.gov.uk/government/news/10m-broadfund-fund-winning-bids-announced

A number of announcements have been made today:

Plus a pdf of the presentation given at the recent INCA Seminar which outlines the technology and Pilot.

 The project starts with a Feasibility Study in conjunction with Connecting Devon and Somerset ahead of Deployment later in the year. If you would like to receive further information on this project as it progresses, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your contact details and tell us if you are working with/for an existing Local Body Broadband project plus any other relevant information you wish.