Connected we go further

About Wessex Internet

Connecting the countryside is our top priority

We’re building a full fibre network that connects and serves even the most remote countryside communities.

From the Cranborne Chase to the Dorset coastline, and out to rural South Somerset, we're proud to offer our customers broadband the way it should be - fast, reliable and affordable.

Local and proudly independent

As a local and independent business, we have experienced first-hand how the digital divide is affecting the lives and livelihoods of our communities.

Our mission is to ensure that rural communities aren't left behind forever.

Working with communities (not against)

Unlike many internet service providers, we think outside the box, which means we’re able to deliver superfast broadband to places other companies are unable, or unwilling, to go. By building full fibre networks, supported by government investment, we’re able to provide a reliable and future-ready service direct to homes and businesses - no matter how remote.

Our History

Connecting the countryside since 2010

  1. Where it all began

    James Gibson Fleming, who founded Wessex Internet in 2010, and is now chairman, started looking at ways to get a better internet connection to his farm near Blandford, Dorset. He builds his first wireless link to Paradise Wood near Shroton.

  2. Wessex Internet is born

    For the next two years he connected local friends and neighbours with wireless broadband and started to expand across North Dorset, then in 2012 Wessex Internet as a brand was officially born as a joint venture with M12 Solutions. The company begins its journey into fibre by first using the technology as backhaul for its existing wireless masts.

  3. Major machinery investment

    The future is fibre! So Wessex Internet makes its first machinery investment in a Mole Plough. This mighty machine installs full fibre in rural areas across fields and farmland quickly, with minimal disruption and environmental impact.

  4. Fibre roll out begins

    Making the most of its recent machinery investment, Wessex Internet starts to roll out fibre on a large scale across a number of country estates in Dorset, Wiltshire and Somerset, including the Rushmore Estate, Fonthill Estate, Ilchester Estate, St. Giles Estate and Langham Farms.

  5. Celebrating 1,000 customers

    A momentous occasion for the company as it welcomes onboard its 1,000th customer who now has fast and reliable broadband thanks to Wessex Internet. With this major milestone under their belt, the number of customers grows rapidly in the following years.

  6. Celebrating 150 wireless masts

    Wessex Internet's wireless service continues to thrive and connect more and more countryside communities to superfast broadband. By 2017 the company has 150 wireless masts across the countryside.

  7. Transforming the business

    With James's son, Hector Gibson Fleming as MD, Wessex Internet is brought altogether under one roof with sales, customer service and technology all based in Dorset. This kickstarted an extensive investment and transformation to focus on full fibre.

  8. Government Gigabit Broadband Voucher

    Wessex Internet becomes one of the first internet service providers to deliver an installation using Government's Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme. We've been working with DCMS from the very beginning to lead the change and connect the countryside.

  9. Connecting South Somerset

    Wessex Internet is contracted by Connecting Devon and Somerset to roll out full fibre broadband to over 3,600 homes and businesses in South Somerset, a vital project for rural communities in the area.

Where we've connected (so far)

We're connecting new communities every day.

So far, our extensive full fibre network spans the countryside from near Warminster in Wiltshire to Lulworth on the Jurassic Coast. When added to our wireless network of over 150 masts, we can provide a superfast connection to tens of thousands of homes and businesses.

Where we go next is determined by demand, so register your interest and and tell your neighbours too.

Fast Fast
Free Installation* Free Installation*
Dorset based customer support Dorset based customer support
No line rental required No line rental required
Reliable Reliable

Meet the Team

James Gibson Fleming

James Gibson Fleming

Chairman
James Gibson Fleming

James founded Wessex Internet in 2010 and is now our chairman. He is a keen supporter of local charities and a trustee of the Talbot Village Trust. From 2006 to March 2021 held the role of Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Dorset.

Hector Gibson Fleming

Hector Gibson Fleming

Managing Director
Hector Gibson Fleming

Hector is the managing director of Wessex Internet and has over 10 years’ experience leading growth businesses across EMEA. In his personal life he is a keen photographer and passionate about the countryside.

Ludo Skinner

Ludo Skinner

Director of Infrastructure
Ludo Skinner

Ludo leads the team that manages all things network and build related. He loves the countryside and spends as much time as he can outside. He also enjoys country sports, skiing and sailing.

Emma White

Emma White

Head of Planning
Emma White

Emma heads up the team that plans where our full fibre network goes next and loves the great outdoors. She is a trustee of a conservation charity and is a member of the team at Chalke Valley History Festival.

Charlie Smurthwaite

Charlie Smurthwaite

Head of Technology
Charlie Smurthwaite

Charlie loves all things technology and this is reflected in his role as Head of Technology. When not at his desk, Charlie enjoys running or cycling around Dorset, and experimenting with electronics.

Sally Sommers

Sally Sommers

Head of Marketing
Sally Sommers

Sally heads up the marketing and communications team and when she’s not working, she is out walking her dog Ziggy or travelling somewhere exotic.

Millie Pike

Millie Pike

HR & Office Manager
Millie Pike

Millie heads up our HR and Office team, juggling all things staff, office and admin related. Outside work she can be found riding her horse Neo and she is currently studying for a CIPD HR Qualification.

Ivan Ivanov

Ivan Ivanov

Senior Network Architect
Ivan Ivanov

Ivan has worked for us since 2017 and is responsible for our network designs. He loves to ride motorbikes, repair electronics and learn things about new technologies. He also enjoys a good Whisky

Diane Norman

Diane Norman

Accountant
Diane Norman

Diane is our company accountant and enjoys gardening, especially growing her own fruit and vegetables. She also loves to get out and about in the fresh air walking, hiking and biking.

Alice Evans

Alice Evans

Community Projects Manager
Alice Evans

What Alice doesn’t know about Gigabit Vouchers isn’t worth knowing. The only thing is, if there’s currently a good festival on, she’s probably not in the office!

Holly Allen

Holly Allen

Customer Support Team Leader
Holly Allen

Holly oversees our Customer Support team and makes sure all queries are dealt with quickly and efficiently. In her spare time, she loves to get artistic with creative writing and loves Harry Potter.

Kristian Jenkins

Kristian Jenkins

Sales Team Leader
Kristian Jenkins

Kristian oversees our Sales Team and in his spare time is a keen photographer. He also loves surfing, free diving and spending lots of time by the coast.

Digby Sowerby

Digby Sowerby

Projects Team Manager
Digby Sowerby

Digby manages the team that oversees all strategic projects and when he’s not busy getting the team organised, he loves all things outdoors including wild swimming, hiking, running, tennis and water polo.

Joe Welch

Joe Welch

Senior Network Surveyor
Joe Welch

Joe is the office’s chief tea drinker, when he’s not drinking tea, he is our surveyor and planner, making sure the construction team builds fibre that actually goes somewhere useful!

Stefan Shivachev

Stefan Shivachev

2nd line Tech Support
Stefan Shivachev

Stefan is a member of our Technical Support Team and enjoys playing 5-a-side.