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Gigaclear Begin FTTP Broadband Rollout for Rural Northamptonshire Villages

Saturday, January 24th, 2015 (7:25 am) - Score 1,461
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Towards the end of last year Gigaclear announced a new plan to roll-out their 1000Mbps Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP/H) broadband network to several thousand homes and businesses in a number of rural Northamptonshire villages (East Midlands of England) by the end of 2017. The good news is that this installation work has now started.

The ISP reports that the first of their “ultrafast broadband cabinets“, which are not to be confused with BTOpenreach’s significantly slower hybrid-fibre FTTC street cabinets, have now been installed in the villages of King’s Cliffe and Apethorpe. Once complete some 5,000 premises should be served.

At the same time a related plan to reach 2,500 premises across several villages North West of Northampton has also made progress with their first ultrafast broadband cabinets being installed. In this area the first villages soon to be live will be West Haddon, Ravensthorpe, Guilsborough and Coton.

Several other locations are also on Gigaclear’s potential roll-out plan for Northamptonshire, such as Aynho and Croughton.

Joe Frost, Gigaclear’s Sales and Marketing Director, said:

We are excited to now be delivering the UK’s fastest broadband to West Haddon and the surrounding villages as part of our multi-million pound investment in Northamptonshire. We are very grateful for the support delivered by Northamptonshire County Council and the local Parish Councils, especially from David Herbert, a local Parish Councillor and broadband champion.”

Heather Smith, Deputy Leader of Northamptonshire County Council, said:

I am delighted to see the work that Gigaclear is undertaking to bring ultrafast broadband to King’s Cliffe and Apethorpe. This is great news as current broadband speeds are very poor. Attracting commercial investment by telecoms providers is critical if the county council’s ambitious target to see full coverage by the end of 2017 is to be met. Gigaclear will provide these villages with vital ultrafast connectivity which will bring significant benefits to small local businesses, residents looking to work from home and also other social uses such as iPlayer and SmartTVs.”

Gigaclear claimed last year that all of their planned deployment areas in the county exist “outside of the BT deployment area being subsidised by [the Government’s Broadband Delivery UK programme] and the County Council“, which should help to mitigate any immediate conflicts.

Packages on the service start at £38.80 inc. VAT per month for a symmetrical 50Mbps connection with unlimited usage and the needed Gigabit capable router (those who want 1000Mbps will pay £69 per month). A £100 one-off connection fee must also be applied and there’s no need to also pay separate line rental, although those wanting a phone service can take an optional VoIP solution from Vonage for +£7 per month (Anytime calls).

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3 Responses
  1. Jonus

    Go Gigaclear- they appear to be on a roll at the moment, which is great for shaking up the market. Being a small company ( and probably underfunded with a pretax loss of +£1m last year) , how much of a dent can they seriously put in the market? There appears to be several players making a name for themselves in the space, companies like CityFibre, ITS, Hyperoptic and a few smaller ones are all making great progress ( but I dont feel it is sufficient to really address the market potential).
    Perhaps a smarter way would be collaboration or even consolidation between these smaller companies to ensure they can capitalize on the current market demand and make a real impact.

  2. TheManStan

    I like Gigaclear, they use a clear sensible business plan of consumer commitment.

    Investors like them too, having forked out over £7m last year. They’re looking to float soon which will give them the proper working capital.

  3. carl weininger

    not exactly sure what is happening in west haddon as although i “contracted” with gigaclear for their service months ago they only appear to be providing fibre optic outlets in the most densely populated areas of the village ie ; the new estates, and they have so far neglected the older parts of the village such as where i live.
    i understood from their original “blurb” that if enough premises were to “sign up” they would provide the service to the village as a whole.
    but, so far it appears they are being discriminatory toward the older parts of the village where the older and “disabled” people such as myself live.
    come on gigaclear lets us know what is going on please ! !
    Carl. 22nd june 2015.

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