Lincolnshire

Quickline takes over AB Internet’s Lincolnshire network

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East Yorkshire-based Quickline Communications has acquired the network and customers of Lincoln-based AB Internet, which also operates networks in Boston and Skegness areas.

AB Internet will now focus its attention on schemes in Scotland instead.

Both companies were part of the Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) programme funded by the government to deliver the superfast broadband pilot scheme to bring better connectivity to remote areas and so-called not spots.

This is the seventh acquisition by Quickline across the country, making the 10-year-old firm the largest wireless broadband company in the UK, covering some 10,000 square kilometres across Yorkshire, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire and Northumberland.

Quickline is working in partnership with local authorities – West Lindsey District Council, North Lincolnshire Council, numerous churches, pubs and businesses to increase its networks in rural areas.

Steve Jagger, managing director of Quickline Communications, said: “In addition to BDUK grant funded projects, Quickline commercially aims to install a minimum of two new major transmitter sites per month.

“Our customers include residential, businesses and schools. We have never tried to compete with large telecoms companies in urban areas, although we do have a significant customer base in the East Yorkshire towns, but the real beauty of wireless is that we can get to the hardest to reach areas that traditional telecoms are unable to connect because of the cost of fibre is too great.

“I have always said that wireless compliments traditional telecoms and believe that we will eventually work in harmony.”