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News from our partners: Expanding gigabit connectivity – Kloud9 transforms broadband landscape

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News from our partners Kloud 9

Kloud9, in collaboration with BDUK and Connecting Shropshire, continues to revolutionise broadband connectivity in rural Shropshire. After installing FTTP (Fibre to the Premises) to over 200 properties in Ditton Priors, Kloud9 has delivered its ultrafast gigabit broadband services to additional areas in Shropshire, including Clee Hill, Cressage and Clun.

Each village contains 300-400 properties that now all have access to ultrafast fibre broadband. Kloud9 delivered the projects at a rapid pace, and completed them all within six months.

This achievement was made possible through Kloud9’s expertise, Government support and local collaboration, leveraging initiatives such as the Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme.

Julie Bushell, Kloud9’s Community Engagement Manager, said:-

“Providing rural communities with access to gigabit broadband is now a necessity in today’s digital landscape. It’s a privilege to collaborate closely with the communities and stakeholders across Shropshire to make this vision a reality.”

Kloud9 is committed to furthering its mission of advancing digital connectivity across Shropshire and the UK. With ongoing installations and connections in Clee Hill, Cressage, and now connecting Clun, Kloud9 remains at the forefront of delivering reliable, high-speed internet solutions to underserved communities.

Mandy Newton, the first resident connected in Clun, shared her experience working with Kloud9:-

“For the past few months in Clun we have seen a lot of installation work going on for the new high-speed fibre communications systems. We signed up with Kloud9 and are happy to say we were connected yesterday – the first house in Clun to be connected to Kloud9. The engineers and all the staff have been very efficient and friendly, and whenever you need to call them the good thing is that you get through straightaway to someone in the UK and not a call centre overseas.”

Kloud9’s efforts in these rural communities are part of a broader commitment to advancing digital connectivity across Shropshire and the UK. With numerous projects in the pipeline, Kloud9 is excited to continue its work in Shropshire and beyond under the Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme.

Robert Macey, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for culture and digital, said:-

“I’m pleased that AJ Technology has benefitted from Shropshire Council top-up funding of Department for Science, Innovation and Technology’s DSIT’s Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme. This additional funding has enabled AJ Technology to work at pace to install their full-fibre broadband network in some of Shropshire’s more rural communities, bringing them into the digital fast lane.”

About Kloud9:

AJ Technology, the parent company of Kloud9, is a seasoned player in the telecommunications sector with over two decades of expertise in implementing large-scale fibre infrastructure projects. Kloud9 is a leading provider of internet infrastructure solutions, delivering ultra-fast internet services to multiple dwelling units, commercial buildings and rural areas. With a focus on reliability, speed, and customer service, Kloud9 is committed to connecting communities and businesses across the UK.

About Project Gigabit:

Project Gigabit is the Government’s £5 billion programme to enable hard-to-reach communities to access lightning-fast gigabit-capable broadband. It targets homes and businesses not included in broadband suppliers’ plans, reaching parts of the UK that might otherwise miss out on getting the digital connectivity they need.

 Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme:

The Government’s Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme (GBVS) can help people in hard-to-reach communities upgrade their broadband connections.

Eligible homes and businesses can currently apply for up to £4,500 to cover the costs of a gigabit-capable connection, up from £1,500 for homes and £3,500 for businesses previously, which enables broadband providers to reach further into rural areas where the build costs are higher.