Connecting the Unconnected: Wessex Internet Expands Ultrafast Broadband to Rural Communities

Wessex Internet has revealed the locations where its services have gone live in the first quarter of the year, connecting more than 20 villages and rural areas across Dorset, Somerset, Hampshire, and Wiltshire to ultrafast broadband between January and March 2024.

Despite enduring the wettest winter in 130 years, the network delivery teams persevered through challenging conditions to bring services to these remote locations. They navigated flooded plains, spliced cables outdoors under storm umbrellas, and maintained their standards of tidiness and courtesy while installing connections through village streets and muddy gardens.

The effort paid off, with ultrafast broadband now accessible to homes and businesses in the following rural communities:

In Dorset

Bishops Caundle
Chaldon Herring
Milton Abbas
Sixpenny Handley

In Somerset

Chilthorne Domer
Marston Magna
Yenston & Whitechurch
West Camel
Yeovil Marsh

In Wiltshire

Donhead St Andrew
East Knoyle
Sedgehill & Semley
In Hampshire


New customers have expressed their gratitude to the Blandford-based company, not only for bringing ultrafast broadband to their homes but also for the professionalism and consideration shown by the staff involved.

A customer in Milton Abbas praised the workforce’s flexibility in routing the cable and wholeheartedly recommended Wessex Internet for their excellent service.

Another customer expressed gratitude to the garden team, engineers, and telephone support team for their dedication in ensuring a seamless transition to the new broadband service.

Hector Gibson Fleming, CEO of Wessex Internet, said:

“I would like to give credit to all of our teams who’ve been working hard on the ground during these challenging recent months, to ensure we keep on track with our plans to bring ultrafast broadband to rural and other hard-to-reach communities that are often overlooked by other suppliers.

“It is heartening to hear from customers that they don’t just appreciate having access to a service that they never thought would be possible, but also that they recognise and appreciate the considerate way that our teams approach their work. That thanks goes from our civils operatives, splicers, garden teams and home installers building the network, to our customer service and sales teams involved in setting customers up and helping them out if they have problems.

“It has been exciting to welcome many new colleagues to Wessex Internet over the past few months as the company meets our ambitious plans to bring exceptional internet to even more people. We will continue to grow our workforce to fulfil the recently awarded government contracts, so I encourage applications from anyone who wants to work for a company that values a customer-focused approach and where hard work and problem-solving is appreciated.”

Max Walker

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