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Gigaclear Confirm 1Gbps Fibre Broadband for Fyfield and Tubney in 2013

Thursday, December 6th, 2012 (1:13 pm) - Score 790

UK ISP Gigaclear has today confirmed that the two Oxfordshire villages of Fyfield and Tubney (England) can expect to receive ultra-fast broadband speeds of up to 1Gpbs (Gigabits per second) via a new fibre optic (FTTP) network from early 2013.

The work, which will begin this month and take three months to complete (i.e. by the end of Q1-2013), will mean that local homes and businesses will no longer have to suffer existing internet connection speeds of less than 1Mbps.

Steve Fraser, Clerk of the Local Parish Council, said:

Broadband speeds to properties in the villages are influenced by the distance from the telecoms cabinet, the quality of the copper wire, the time of the day and even the weather.

Degradation of service is frustrating for everyone and can make it impossible for those wanting or needing to work in the area. Local businesses are part of the life-blood of villages like Fyfield and Tubney, so when the communities came together to celebrate the Jubilee earlier this year it was decided something had to be done for everyone’s sake.”

The new project, which follows a recent investment boost that will be used to “substantially accelerate” the roll-out of related fibre optic broadband services, was unofficially confirmed last month but has only now been officially announced; even though it’s been stated on Gigaclear’s website for several weeks.

Once live customers can expect to pay from £37 a month for the symmetric 10Mbps service (offers burst speeds up to 1000Mbps) and a £100 connection fee also applies.

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  1. Avatar Sledgehammer says:

    Once live customers can expect to pay from £37 a month for the symmetric 10Mbps service (offers burst speeds up to 1000Mbps) and a £100 connection fee also applies.

    If BT get round to supply the same area with a fibre product then Gigaclear will have to think about their price structure. At £37 for 10Mbps it is a bit pricey compared to BT’s offerings.

    1. Avatar Toonshorty says:

      This isn’t any worse than BT’s offerings.

      It’s 10Mbps with a 1Gbps burst. In other words, it’s 1Gbps with a 100:1 contention.

      To put it into perspective an 8Mbps ADSL Max connection on a 50:1 contention would be marketed as a 0.16Mbps (8Mbps Burst) using the same format.

      It’s not a worse offer than BT, it’s just more honest marketing than BT.

    2. “it’s 1Gbps with a 100:1 contention”

      No it’s not. It might peak at 1Gpbs but there is no way they could afford to truly provision the 100:1 contention for that price.

      They will be relying on average usages to make the pricing work, which if they were to be open about the maths would result in so-called contention levels of much much higher than 100:1 per 1Gbps.

    3. Avatar Bob says:


      A 10Gb wave length can be easily had for about £40k per annum, and if you talk to the right people, and are in the right parts of the country, then you can get the 10Gb wave for half that price.

      10,000Mbps / 10Mbps = 1,000 customers on the pipe maximum.

      £40,000 / 1,000 customers = £40 per annum = £3.33 per month.

      IP Transit can be had for £2/Mb per month at low commit levels. Cheaper on higher commits or from select providers. If you can set up good peering relations, then you may be able to get rid of up to half of your data for free, bringing the effective cost down to under £1/Mb.

      So data costs on the committed SLA are in the order of £13.33pm + VAT for a fully utilised network. In reality a customer is unlikely to use 10Mb/s on data on the 95th, more likely a few hundred kilobits. This will change with IPTV such as youview, but the transit costs can be nulled by peering.

    4. Avatar Bob says:

      To put this in perspective. BT Wholesale charge £40 per Mbit per month back haul charges, so you can see that customers that use more than a new kilobits become very expensive for ISPs. They then have their internet transit charges on top of the BT Wholesale costs.


      Provisioning a full 1Gb across BT Wholesale would cost £40k per month! No wonder LLU is so popular – remove BT Wholesale from the loop. Deal direct with Openreach and put in your own back haul network.

      This is why ISPs such as AAISP moan about the potential cost of having 330Mb/s customers on FTTP – it could cost them a fortune.

  2. Avatar DTMark says:

    I’d have thought that the majority of the cost would be the laying of the network as opposed to the provision of bandwidth.

    So it seems odd that 10Meg is the base or minimum committed speed, if I get that right. This compares with a minimum speed from BT’s FTTC of nil / 5Meg / 15Meg depending on line length and quality.

    Burst speeds of 1Gbps compare with FTTC’s top speed of probably about 30Meg on average (range 0 to 76Meg), I’d worked out it would manage an average of about 23Meg in our village, but that masks enormous variations across circuits, from 1.6Meg (e.g. not available) to 76Meg.

    Since that village appears to have next to nothing even 6Meg “basic broadbsnd” speeds would be a revolution. We fare slightly better as the exchange is only 2.4km from the edge of the village, so we (the village) average about 2.5Meg on ADSL thanks to very high noise margins on almost all the lines (range 0.5Meg to one line at 7Meg).

    I’d rather see this in our village than FTTC because of the pitiable phone line quality and D-side lengths; even if both cabs were done, not everyone would be able to get a service anyway at 10Meg+: it would be a very expensive way of not providing superfast broadband to the whole community.

    Given the Gigaclear option is easily upgradeable (one imagines) I’d want to see the plan to take connections to 25Meg+ for everyone and the costs associated with it, then 50Meg, then 100Meg and so on without any digging.

    If Gigaclear are reading this, we’d love you to come and do the villages round here – I’ll add us to your “list of potential customers” and get in touch, we have some funding and I’m having a meeting this afternoon to detail exactly how we’re going to push our project forward, but it would be really useful if you could address those points.

  3. Avatar boggits says:

    Bob’s figures are pretty close to reality, but are jumping the gun a little. Rather than putting 10G into the village just put two 1G feeds (so you have some resilience) and backhaul those to two local towns where you can aggregate 10 such villages. Each village can then have 100 customers with 10M feeds that can burst without any impact on their neighbours guaranteed bandwidth (and with full redundancy).

    Remember that BT’s ADSL 8M rollout was based on up to 200 customers sharing a single 100M connection (and still is in places)

    DTMark – Gigaclear have a very much “demand driven rollout”, give them a shout as they are always looking for more viable targets.

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