Residents in the village of Wray, in a rural part of Lancashire, have become the first customers live on the B4RN network.
The village has become the latest one to get connected to the B4RN (Broadband for the Rural North) fibre network. The project said this marked a significant milestone for the project as the Wray is now the largest village in the B4RN area, 229 homes, a “virtual rural city”, according to the project’s backers.
The installation of a wireless mesh network in Wray has already demonstrated the benefits of fast connectivity to the community and so B4RN expects take up to be high.
A B4RN spokesperson said: “Given that Wray is a well connected village, thanks to a WiFi mesh network that has been in place since 2004, the residents are already aware of the benefits of a good broadband connection and it is hoped that take up should be in the same region of other B4RN areas.”
Several villagers volunteered to dig the main duct into the village and some helped in digging trenches to have their neighbours gain access to the superfast broadband fibre network. Home owners have been helped in installing connection boxes on their walls ready for B4RN to connect fibre to their premises.
The connection to the village has helped the local Methodist church transmit services to members of the congregation that cannot make it into the church in person.
B4RN said that speeds of up to 900Mbps were now possible in the village following the network connection using FTTP (Fibre to the Premises) connections.