Light Source are excited to announce their new partnership with leading rural broadband provider, Airband, to deliver fibre broadband to hard-to-reach rural areas in the UK. 

Today, Nottingham-based telecom infrastructure provider, Light Source is delighted to announce its new partnership with leading rural broadband provider, Airband. The long-term agreement will see the companies working together to deliver fibre broadband to hard-to-reach, rural areas of the UK.

Light Source and Airband will begin work immediately, with the former undertaking a design and build solution in the Shropshire and Marches regions starting January 2021.

Founded in 2009, Airband is an independent, innovative broadband provider that delivers high-speed, high-quality network services to homes and businesses in rural and hard to reach areas. The company works closely with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), BDUK, local authorities and communities to build infrastructure that residents, businesses and other Internet Service Providers (ISPs) can access to help overcome the UK’s digital divide.

Steven Hill, The Light Source Managing Director comments: “We are absolutely delighted to announce our partnership with Airband. From the moment we met their Senior Management Team, it was obvious that we shared the same culture, and I can see this being a very successful partnership for both parties.”

Nigel Sudell, Operations Director at Airband, adds: “We are continuing to expand our services to more homes and businesses across the UK that are in sore need of better broadband. To do this, we partner with high quality fibre construction firms that cover all aspects of survey, design, build and assurance. Light Source does exactly this, and we’re looking forward to working together to deliver essential connectivity to even more customers over the coming years.”

In November 2020, Aberdeen Standard Investments (ASI) acquired a majority stake in Airband, with the founders and Amber Infrastructure retaining minority stakes in the company. ASI will fund the growth in Airband’s team and operations to help it deliver its Fibre to the Premises (“FTTP”) ultra-high-speed broadband services. Airband have been working to deliver rural Broadband across Devon, Wales and parts of West England for over 10 years.