Wildanet expands into Devon

Helen Wylde, chief executive of Wildanet (centre right), with members of the Wildanet executive board outside the company’s new Bideford warehouse

Cornwall-based Alnet (Alternative Network Provider) Wildanet has announced a major expansion into Devon for its gigabit-capable broadband network.

This full scale move into Devon will see major investment in new digital infrastructure right across the county, initially connecting communities spanning from South Molton and Holsworthy in the north and west, to Yealmpton and Axminster in the south and east.

As part of the move, Wildanet expects to create 60 new jobs and is opening a 35,000 sq ft warehouse, comprising offices and logistics centre in Bideford which will act as a hub for its expanded operations in Devon as well as north Cornwall.

Chief executive, Helen Wylde, said: “This is an exciting announcement for us and a significant moment in the growth of the business and our ambitions to level up connectivity across the south west.

“Wildanet has a clear mission to bring fast, reliable internet to homes and businesses in communities throughout Devon and Cornwall, with a vision of tackling digital inequality, removing the digital divide where it exists and working tirelessly to deliver digital connectivity to all.

“Our work in the region is showing what can be achieved through commitment, innovation, our own investment and strategic partnerships with Government.

“We’re looking to bring the same energy and can-do approach to Devon as we have delivered in Cornwall and look forward to working with communities, businesses, national and local government to extend the transformational benefits of gigabit-capable broadband to rural and hard-to-reach areas of the county.”