Airband Debt Raise
22nd October 2021
DWPF provided model audit advice to Airband on a GBP 100m debt raise to accelerate their fibre rollout plan to service 600,000 premises with full fibre broadband by 2025.
Airband, is the leading broadband provider for rural homes and businesses across the West of England. The rollout of Airband’s full fibre broadband services will cover over 10,000km of fibre in a bid to close the digital divide seen across the UK between urban and rural communities. Ofcom recently reported that people are living increasingly virtual lives, with data usage in the UK increasing c.10x from 2013 to 2019.
Airband has been a long-standing partner of both national and local government organisations and has grown rapidly to become the largest infrastructure provider in the rural areas it serves, with the platform currently being able to support 100,000 premises. Increasing demand, changes in regulation and the availability of the Government subsidies have created a unique opportunity for Airband to roll out ultrafast internet, using future-proof gigabit capable fibre to the premises (FTTP) technology. It does this by identifying poorly served areas and working with communities, local councils and the Government to install the necessary infrastructure to deliver full fibre connections.