Quickline to Provide Ultrafast Connectivity to 8000 Lincolnshire Properties
Eight thousand homes and businesses across Lincolnshire are set to benefit from ultrafast connectivity after wireless internet experts Quickline Communications were awarded a BDUK Broadband grant up to 6.1m million tender from Lincolnshire County Council.
On behalf of the Lincolnshire Authority, Quickline will extend its fibre-backed, fixed wireless network to a further 8,000 premises in rural areas to connect to superfast and, in most cases, ultrafast broadband services. The contract provides for a total network investment of up to £8.1m, leading to significantly faster broadband speeds in the more isolated areas of Lincolnshire.
The programme will receive an initial subsidy of up to £4.6m, with £3.1m of funding confirmed from the Lincolnshire Local Authority and £1.5m confirmed from the European Regional Development Fund. A further £1.5m of subsidy is available subject to certain conditions. Quickline is also committing £2.0m of investment to support the roll-out.
The project, which is supported by the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sports, under the Phase 3 Lincolnshire broadband programme, will see premises in rural areas getting access to high speed internet, premises that have been left behind by previous commercial and government programmes.
Hayley Silvester, New Business Director of Hull and East Yorkshire-based Quickline, now the largest hybrid network provider in the country with a rapidly expanding coverage area, said:
“We are absolutely delighted to have been given the opportunity to provide ultrafast speeds to thousands more premises across Lincolnshire. No single solution fits all, which is why our innovative and bespoke approach to bring high-speed internet connectivity to the hardest to reach parts of the county is so effective.
“We work closely with communities to find the best solution for their specific area. By using a combination of both wireless and fibre technology we can ensure the best possibleresult for all of our customers and unrivalled connectivity, where more mainstream companies would struggle.”
Cllr Richard Davies, executive member for the broadband project on Lincolnshire County Council, said:
“Never before have the advantages of fast and reliable broadband been more obvious than over the last few months. The work we've done already to connect over 172,000 properties will have proved a lifeline to those homes and businesses during this intense period.
"Now I'm pleased that we can add a further 8,000 properties to that total in this third phase of the project. As more and more areas become connected, those that are left are usually the hardest to reach, in the most remote, rural locations. This is why it's promising to work with Quickline, who will work up bespoke technological solutions to get Lincolnshire connected."
The Lincolnshire Superfast Programme contract comes a year after £12m funding was secured from its parent company, BigBlu Broadband, which has allowed Quickline to significantly increase the size and scale of its Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) business to target a customer base of approximately 30,000 subscribers over 2 years. Quickline is also investing £2 million of its own money to continue its rapid growth.
Andrew Walwyn, Chief Executive Officer of Bigblu Broadband, commented:
“We are delighted that Quickline has secured this contract - highlighting the benefits of last year’s funding, which affords it the flexibility for it to tender for capital intensive contracts as it targets a customer base of approximately 30,000 subscribers over the next two years.