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GibFibreSpeed ISP Bringing 500Mbps FTTH Broadband to Gibraltar

Monday, December 1st, 2014 (8:47 am) - Score 2,508
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The British overseas territory of Gibraltar, which sits on the southern end of Spain’s Iberian Peninsula in the warm Mediterranean sea, looks set to benefit from even faster broadband after a new ISP called GibFibreSpeed began promising local Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH) connections with speeds of up to 500Mbps (Megabits per second).

At present most consumer broadband services in Gibraltar tend to be delivered by the more familiar ADSL2+ and VDSL2 (FTTC) style connections like the UK mainland, which is served via Internet and phone providers like Sapphire or Gibtelecom etc. Pricing can also be quite expensive, at least it is when compared with the rest of the United Kingdom.

But GibFibreSpeed (trading under A.J. Sheriff Electrical Ltd.), which claims to be an offshoot of the Sheriff group of companies based in Gibraltar that began over 80 years ago in 1927, wants to do something new with the British overseas territory. ISPreview.co.uk notes that the ISP appears to be rolling out both Fibre-to-the-Building (FTTB) and Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH) services that can deliver speeds of up to 500Mbps. Both approaches take a fibre optic cable all the way to the building, although FTTB may then use the buildings existing copper or coax cable while FTTH is pure fibre.

At this stage the details are a little thin and GibFibreSpeed’s website only appears to have gone live a few weeks ago, although the ISP informs that “more information will be available soon” (e.g. coverage data). However the provider has already revealed a range of packages and there’s also a basic availability checker, which suggests that some areas can already get the FTTB service and FTTH looks set to follow in 2015.

Otherwise the packages start at £15 per month for a basic 10Mbps (2Mbps upload) connection (plus a one-off installation fee of £40), which doesn’t require phone line rental on top of that price and includes an unlimited usage allowance. Apparently the FTTH product comes with a ZTE GPON modem and the FTTB service uses an EoC modem from KingType.

After that it’s noted that there are various faster speed packages, such as a 20Mbps (5Mbps upload) option for £25 per month (currently reduced to £12.50), a 50Mbps (10Mbps upload) package for £50 per month (currently £25) and the top option offers 100Mbps (20Mbps upload) for £75 per month (currently £37.50). Consumers willing to pay more can also build their own service with speeds going up to 500Mbps (symmetrical), which is certain not to be cheap.

Locals are currently being asked to register their interest in the service by selecting the package they want and pre-registering to receive it, although availability remains somewhat of a question mark. In the future there’s also talk of voice (VoIP) and TV (IPTV) services being introduced.

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5 Responses
  1. Avatar TheFacts

    ‘claims to be an offshoot’. Is there some doubt?

    • Only from my end as I’m not intimately familiar with the telecoms market in Gib.

    • GibFibreSpeed is an offshoot from the Sheriff group of companies which began back in 1927. GibFibreSpeed is a trading name under A.J. Sheriff Electrical Ltd, this company originates from Sheriff Electrical Contractors Ltd – still currently in operation and all run under one family.

  2. Avatar calpense

    I see no doubts as Sheriff is a long-established company in Gibraltar. It’s worth pointing out that while broadband internet connections and phone calls cost more on the Rock than in the UK, Sheriff has been providing the full Sky package to people there for only £60 a year. As an overseas territory, Gibraltar is effectively a separate country from the UK and people there are no more entitled to subscribe to Sky than people in Spain, but not only does the Government not care, but neither do Sky or other UK broadcasters’ lawyers.

  3. Avatar David

    [pedant mode]
    “Spain’s Iberian Peninsula” – not just Gibraltar, I think Portugal might also have something to say about Spain claiming the entire Iberian Peninsula. (Spain has sovereignty disputes with every single country she borders!)

    “connections like the UK mainland” – should just be “connections like the UK”, i.e. remove the word ‘mainland’, while Gibraltar is British and the UK is also British (and various other places are also British), they are not part of each other. So Gibraltar is not part of the UK, so to say ‘mainland’ is wrong. It is also unnatural, nobody in Gibraltar would say that.

    (The one exception to this in terminology is in reference to the European Union, where the EU member state that is called the “United Kingdom” actually comprises both the UK and Gibraltar. So you could say Gibraltar is part of the UK, but only in that limited context. And you still wouldn’t say mainland, as it is more a case of using the name for the larger part of the member state for all of it. Gibraltar is the only British Overseas Territory that is part of the EU, the others are not, additionally the Channel Islands and IoM are also not part of the EU.)

    “GibFibreSpeed (trading under A.J. Sheriff Electrical Ltd.)” – should be worded “GibFibreSpeed (a trading name of A.J. Sheriff Electrical Ltd.)”

    “which claims to be” = “is”

    [/pedant mode]

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