Wessex Internet Expands with New Base in Codford

Wessex Internet is expanding its ultrafast broadband network in South Wiltshire, opening a new base in Codford, strategically located between Warminster and Salisbury. This new civil engineering yard will employ at least 15 people, including ploughing and drilling teams, engineers for overhead and underground cables, surveyors, and planners. The location is conveniently close to the A303 and A36 junction, making it accessible for workers across the region.

This new base supports Wessex Internet’s latest government-awarded contract to connect 14,500 additional homes and businesses in South Wiltshire to ultrafast internet. Ed Carter, Wiltshire Project Manager for Wessex Internet, shared: “Since being awarded this contract in March, our teams have been working hard to plan the best way to bring ultrafast broadband to rural and presently underserved communities across South Wiltshire. This is a five-year project, so the roll-out will reach areas at different stages.

“We’ve now reached the exciting stage of being ready to start the network build in September, meaning we’re looking for colleagues to join our team at a new base in Codford. We are looking for people with a background in utilities, construction, telecoms, agriculture, or the military. Our innovative approach to building in the countryside requires people who know how to develop understanding with local communities and landowners, and who show respect and care for the landscape in which they work.”

He added, “In return, we offer excellent pay and benefits for the right candidates, which over recent months has attracted many people to join Wessex Internet from utility companies and careers in agriculture. Unlike many jobs in the sector, we provide generous paid holiday, sick leave and family leave, private medical insurance and life assurance, and perks including tax-free schemes to buy tech gadgets and bicycles.”

The new team will help expand Wessex Internet’s existing network in the Wylye Valley, building across the Salisbury Plain, and connecting villages around Amesbury, reaching as far north as Chisbury and Little Bedwyn. The company has already connected over 3,000 properties in Wiltshire, including areas like East Knoyle, West Knoyle, Donhead St Andrew, Fisherton De La Mere, and Corton.

All properties will benefit from full fibre connections (FTTP), which means a fibre optic cable goes directly to a home or business, providing superior speeds and reliability compared to copper or partial fibre networks.

Emily Turner

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