Avonline Welcomes the Welsh Assembly’s £2m Investment to Support Broadband Provision to Rural ‘Not Spots’ in Wales

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The Welsh Assembly has recently announced a Broadband Support Scheme to start later this summer with an initial fund of £2m allocated. The scheme is targeted at individuals and businesses who cannot get at least 512kb download speeds. If they qualify, they can claim up to £1,000 to get a new broadband service installed. Avonline, a local business based in Cardiff, can offer every potential customer a 3.6MBps broadband service, wherever they live in Wales through their best selling Tooway Satellite Broadband Service.

Avonline can provide Broadband Services to rural Wales from £1 per day

Broadband services are vital to ensure our country can develop the knowledge economy, improving the ability of businesses and individuals to network and innovate

The Assembly Government has committed millions of pounds to a new scheme aimed at allowing everyone in a broadband not spot across Wales to receive a decent standard of broadband. Financial support will be available up to a maximum of £1,000 per premise in the form of a grant. Once approved, people then make their own arrangements with the provider. The scheme will be available to people in areas where a basic broadband connection of at least 512 kilobits a second is unavailable.

Deputy First Minister Ieuan Wyn Jones said: “Broadband services are vital to ensure our country can develop the knowledge economy, improving the ability of businesses and individuals to network and innovate”

Providing broadband over satellite since 2004, Avonline recently launched its best selling Tooway Satellite Broadband product in July 2009. Specifically aimed at rural areas where there is either unreliable or slow broadband service or worse still, no service at all, Avonline has been passionately committed to providing customers in rural areas a fast broadband connection today, wherever they live. With a market leading 3.6Mbps download and 384Kbps upload service covering 100% of the UK from just £1 per day, it has been attracting increasing numbers of customers to get their broadband reliably via satellite. Over 1 million, mainly rural customers, already get their broadband via satellite.

Commenting on The Welsh Assembly’s recent announcement, Craig Roberts, Avonline’s Broadband Services Manager said, “It’s great to know that The Welsh Assembly has recognised how important it is for the rural community in Wales to get fast reliable broadband services and just how many different parts of the community can benefit”

He continued, “At Avonline, we have campaigned for wider access to broadband for rural communities for many years. We already have a strong customer base across Wales who rely on our broadband service. Most recently, we were delighted to help Beverley McCartney from Salem, near Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire get broadband. Having just been quoted £150,000 by BT to provide her with a broadband service, Avonline installed her satellite solution the same week!”.

Avonline's broadband installation consists of a satellite dish plus a modem. In addition, the Tooway service has the ability to deliver a money saving telephone service (VoIP) and now has the added value option of receiving Freesat High Definition digital television services from the same satellite dish

About Avonline Plc
Avonline plc is one of the UK's leading Installation and Business Services companies. Established in 1981, with around 500 engineers providing broadband and digital services to customers around Europe. Avonline has a specialist division deploying broadband satellite solutions to provide a high speed networks supporting VPN, VoIP, video and broadband data. Avonline supports the Government’s Digital Inclusion philosophy and the Race Online 2012 initiative of which they are a partner.

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