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Pathfinder Projects News

15/12/2014

Following awarding the Community Pathfinder contract to Airband, Worcestershire County Council, in April 2014, undertook a survey to raise awareness and also understand customer satisfaction. The survey was sent to 2,179 premises in the Community Pathfinder areas which recipients were asked to complete if they had taken up the Airband service. The results of the satisfaction survey have now been published:
Airband Wireless Community Pathfinder Satisfaction Survey - October 2014

01/10/2014

Community Pathfinder Project Progress Update:

Over 505 residents and businesses can now can benefit from the enhanced broadband service offered by Airband across the three community areas.

01/04/2014

Community Pathfinder Project Progress Update:

Over 468 residents and businesses can now can benefit from the enhanced broadband service offered by Airband across the 3 Communities:

  • Feckenham, Tibberton, Crowle, parts of Hanbury, Stock and Bradley which make up the 'the Redditch Travel Arc Consortium.'
  • Hanley Broadheath, Bockleton, Kyre, Rochford, Eastham, Lindridge, Mamble and Bayton Which make up the 'North-West Malvern Parish Consortium.'
  • Little Witley Parish

31/03/2014

News: County Council are Finalists for Pathfinder Procurement of Airband to provide Broadband for 14 Worcestershire Parishes.

The County Council's Broadband programme has been given national recognition after being shortlisted in national procurement awards for their pioneering approach to procuring Airband to provide broadband to 14 rural parishes in Worcestershire, ahead of the national Superfast Broadband programme.

Worcestershire County Council was one of only 10 national finalists for the "Team of the Year" Award for Local Government and Consortia and is celebrating after being shortlisted in the prestigious National Government Opportunities (GO) Excellence in Public Procurement Awards 2014/15.


The team representing the County's local members, officers and residents, who volunteered their time to procure and secure the contract awarded to local business Airband, were presented with their finalist award at a ceremony at the Hilton Metropole Hotel in Birmingham on Wednesday (19 March).


The procurement exercise brought access to faster broadband infrastructure to 200 business and 2,000 residential premises across 14 parishes in rural Worcestershire that were unlikely to receive faster Broadband otherwise.
The GO Awards recognise and reward excellence and achievement in the multibillion-pound public sector and for the past 12 years have been the benchmark by which progress in commissioning, procurement and public service delivery has been measured.


All entries were recently reviewed by a panel of ten judges made up of experts in UK procurement including Sally Collier, the UK Government’s Deputy Chief Procurement Officer and Acting Managing Director of the Government Procurement Service; and Alastair Merrill, Director, Procurement and Commercial at the Scottish Government.


Cllr John Campion, Worcestershire County Council Cabinet Member for Transformation and Commissioning, said: "Even though we weren't winners on the day, it is still a big achievement to be shortlisted for a National GO Award.
"Great teamwork and localism, underpinned the successful procurement for the Community Pathfinder projects, and the Broadband programme as a whole, and I am pleased this has received the recognition it deserves."
Airband added: "We were delighted to have been shortlisted for this most prestigious award and to have worked in partnership with Worcestershire County Council to deliver broadband to rural areas. We specialise in bringing broadband to areas others can't reach, and this project has enabled us to do just that."

01/12/2013

Community Pathfinder Project Progress Update:

Over 395 residents and businesses can now can benefit from the enhanced broadband service offered by Airbandacross the 3 Communities:

  • Feckenham, Tibberton, Crowle, parts of Hanbury, Stock and Bradley which make up the 'the Redditch Travel Arc Consortium.'
  • Hanley Broadheath, Bockleton, Kyre, Rochford, Eastham, Lindridge, Mamble and Bayton Which make up the 'North-West Malvern Parish Consortium.'
  • Little Witley Parish.

03/10/2013

Community Pathfinder Project Progress Update:

Over 370 residents and businesses can now can benefit from the enhanced broadband service offered by Airband across the 3 Communities:

  • Feckenham, Tibberton, Crowle, parts of Hanbury, Stock and Bradley which make up the 'the Redditch Travel Arc Consortium.'
  • Hanley Broadheath, Bockleton, Kyre, Rochford, Eastham, Lindridge, Mamble and Bayton Which make up the 'North-West Malvern Parish Consortium.'
  • Little Witley Parish.

With new orders constantly coming through, we expect 400 connections by the end of the year.

23/05/2013

Reminder: Anyone within the 3 Community Pathfinder Project areas (Little Witley Parish, Northwest Malvern Consortium - Brockleton, Kyre, Hanley, Rochford, Eastham, Lindridge, Mamble, Bayton and Redditch Arc - Tibberton, Crowle, part of Hanbury, Stock and Bradley and Feckenham Parishes) who places their order with an ISP (Internet Service Provider) via Airband's website before June 1st will be installed by the end of June.

02/02/2013

News: Contract signing with Airband

14/11/2012

News: Airband named as the preferred supplier for the pathfinder projects.

Worcestershire County Council's cabinet has now endorsed 'Airband' as the preferred supplier to deliver enhanced broadband to the 14 parish communities whose 'Expressions of Interest' were successful in January 2012. These communities were identified as being in the final 10% of areas which may not otherwise receive more than 2Mbps download speeds. For that purpose an additional £700k of grant funding was made available locally in January 2012.