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Voneus buys out Sky-Way to accelerate rural broadband rollouts

Saturday, 10 March, 2018

The self-proclaimed champion of rural community broadband Voneus announced it has agreed to acquire its partner, wireless infrastructure company Sky-Way.

The deal, Voneus said, will enable the firm to increase the rate it can roll out wireless broadband networks in rural communities and boost its ability to deliver round-the-clock customer support.

The acquisition follows last year’s purchases of wireless internet service providers, Cotswold Wireless, SugarNet and CCTV installer Lde Smart Alarms.

Voneus has also secured £3.5m in private funding.

Sky-Way has built a great reputation installing broadband infrastructure in places that the traditional networks don’t reach. The company has been an invaluable partner to us over the last two years, so we are delighted to welcome the Sky-Way team to Voneus permanently.

This addition significantly bolsters our engineering capabilities which means shorter waiting times for villages eager to gain access to our broadband services, while the additional manpower will provide even better support coverage for our existing customers.

- Steve Leighton: Chief Executive Officer, Voneus

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Sky-Way has approval from both Broadband Development UK and the Welsh Government to install broadband.

As Voneus’ partner Sky-Way has helped to install the wireless infrastructure necessary to deliver Voneus’ range of superfast broadband services.

This after Voneus secured £3.5million of funding.

So far Voneus’ network currently spans villages in Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Cheshire, Devon, Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Somerset, South Wales, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, Northamptonshire and Wiltshire.

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We have first-hand experience of working alongside Voneus. Our common goal to provide reliable, fast internet services to places that have traditionally been considered ‘off-grid’, means the two companies are a great fit. Voneus’ ambitious growth plans make it a very exciting company to join.

- Gareth Burgess: Operation Director, Sky-Way (UK) Ltd

With speeds in excess of 30Mbps, Voneus’ fixed wireless broadband allows rural residents and local businesses to use the internet to watch live TV, stream music, surf the web, make voice and video calls, work remotely, all on multiple devices at the same time.

Founded by a group of veteran telecoms industry specialists, Voneus aims to become the UK’s number one provider of wireless, high-speed broadband in local areas and improving connectivity UK-wide.

Its goal is to bring parity between rural areas and city dwellers, connecting families, enabling remote working and ensure enhanced access to education through their increased rural connectivity.

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Tim is a veteran freelance journalist writing extensively on internet news and cybersecurity.

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