The National Rural Conference 2024

The Rural Services Network (RSN) is thrilled to announce the National Rural Conference 2024, taking place from 16th to 19th September. This virtual event, accessible via Zoom, is the premier gathering for senior officers, members, policymakers, and rural service professionals.
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SWS Broadband part of successful merger

Shrewsbury based SWS Broadband is set to see the acceleration of plans to deliver fibre to the premises across rural Shropshire following a successful merger.

Macquarie Capital, Israel Infrastructure Fund and Tiger Infrastructure Partners have merged SWS Broadband and Cadence Networks with Voneus Broadband, and simultaneously acquired Broadway Partners. SWS Broadband, Cadence Networks and Broadway Partners all began operating as part of Voneus as of September 25. 

The combined group will be funded with up to £250 million in new capital from the three shareholders and bank lenders to advance the company and the UK government’s shared objective of closing the digital divide. These developments put Voneus in a game-changing position to meet the needs of underserved communities with broadband connectivity. The combined company has a target to serve over 350,000 premises across the UK. SWS Broadband, Cadence Networks, and Broadway Partners operate in areas adjacent to where Voneus is already active. 

Christopher Traggio, CEO of Voneus Broadband, said: 

“This is a very exciting time for Voneus, and for our new partners, shareholders, and the communities we serve.” 

“We have the backing of our shareholders to accelerate our roll-out plan, which we know will make a positive impact as we all share the same focus to deliver innovative broadband solutions to communities across the UK.” 

“Welcoming SWS Broadband, Cadence Networks and Broadway Partners into Voneus provides us with even more opportunities to support businesses, individuals, and communities to thrive – fostering economic development, education, and communication to help improve the overall quality of life no matter where they are from.” 

Oliver Bradley, Senior Managing Director at Macquarie Capital, said:

“Voneus is already making a significant contribution to rural communities, but is only at the start of its journey. This important capital raise from three leading infrastructure investors and the joining of UK rural fibre players means we can rapidly accelerate the vital role we have in closing the digital divide nationwide.”  

Yaron Kestenbaum, co-founder and managing partner of IIF said: 

“Our goal has always been to help Voneus evolve into a bigger and stronger business, with far wider outreach and solid institutional shareholder support. This merger will go a long way to achieving this.” 

Emil W. Henry Jr., CEO of Tiger Infrastructure, commented:

“The shared vision of Voneus and Rural Broadband Solutions has been to invest alongside the UK government to deliver best-in-class infrastructure and service to meet the connectivity needs of greatly underserved rural households and small businesses. We are pleased to be teaming up with Macquarie Capital and Israel Infrastructure Fund to rapidly advance the realisation of that vision.”  

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