Wells Cathedral enters the digital age with the help of Voneus

We are delighted to announce a new partnership with Voneus, a company working to bring superfast broadband to rural areas. This has involved the installation of a new, unobtrusive transmitter at the top of the Central Tower, which operates at low level radio frequencies. This will provide transformative, superfast broadband services to the Cathedral, as well as to the residents and businesses of the City of Wells, and will give us the opportunity to begin exploring exciting new projects that rely upon fast and reliable WiFi connectivity.

Here is an extract of the press release from Voneus:

“With a population of just over 10,000, Wells is the UK’s smallest city. Like many other of the UK’s rural communities, it has patchy access to high-speed broadband services. According to Ofcom, approximately 1,000 of the 6,593 premises within the city’s limits cannot access Superfast broadband services (those with speeds above 24 Mbps); while 41 buildings suffer connection speeds of less than 15 Mbps.

Voneus’ partnership with Wells Cathedral solves this problem by bringing Superfast Fixed Wireless Access broadband services to the whole of the city, without the long lead times and high levels of disruption associated with laying fibre optic cable.  A small, unobtrusive transmitter located on the top of the Cathedral’s tower, which – at 55 metres  – is the highest point in the city, can now beam broadband to any building with a direct line of sight, offering uncontended speeds of between 30 and 50 Mbps to residential homes, and up to 100 Mbps to local businesses, which include many retailers, cafes, galleries and light industrial units.”

“With Voneus’ help, we’re turning Wells into a truly digital cathedral with stronger connections to our local community as well as to people living much further afield,” said the Very Reverend Dr John Davies DL, Dean of Wells.

“We’re delighted to be working alongside Wells Cathedral to bring superfast broadband to the homes and local businesses of Wells, as well as to the Cathedral itself,” said Steve Leighton, CEO, Voneus. “This project is a fantastic example of the important role church buildings can play in connecting communities suffering from poor broadband coverage.”

Click here to read the full press release.

Voneus Broadband and Clerk of the Works at Wells Cathedral