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WightFibre acquisition takes Isle of Wight superfast coverage to 90%

Friday, September 4th 2015 by Phil Wilkinson-Jones

An Isle of Wight internet provider has announced the purchase of a wireless broadband service that it says will help it provide a superior service across the island.

WightFibre, which has been providing fibre broadband on the island since 2001, has bought Click4Internet’s high-speed rural wireless broadband network.

The two companies have been working in partnership for the past three years but WightFibre has ambitions to bring superfast coverage to every home and business on the island.

This announcement, alongside an ongoing partnership between WightFibre and wireless operator WightWireless, takes superfast coverage on the island to 90%.

WightFibre said the combination of its technical support and existing infrastructure, and Click4Internet’s rural coverage, will allow it to provide a superior service to more parts of the island.

It said it is already planning upgrades and enhancements to the existing Click4Internet network to improve speeds to superfast.

TV and phone services will also be made available to current Click4Internet customers over the coming months.

WightFibre CEO John Irvine said: “This move is recognition of the issue faced by many across our island and reflects the importance we place on focusing on ways to improve rural connectivity beyond where it is today.”

Frazer Munro, Click4Internet’s managing director, said bringing the two networks together is a great deal for the island.

'Very capable hands'

“Click4Internet has been providing service to large areas of the island who have been poorly served by BT,” he said.

“With over 500 homes and businesses on our network we had reached a point where we needed help to accelerate the development and take-up of our services.

“WightFibre will be able to deliver this. We feel we are leaving our existing network and customers in very capable hands.”

Cable.co.uk reported last month that superfast broadband coverage had reached the village of Godshill on the Isle of Wight.

The rollout of fibre infrastructure by BT Openreach, funded by the Isle of Wight council and the government, has reached more than 15,000 homes.

Councillor Shirley Smart said the cabinet switch-on brought superfast speeds to even more households and businesses.

“This is the latest milestone in the rural broadband project which means we are more than three quarters of the way to achieving 99% fibre connectivity on the island.”

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