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Fastershire Details Rollout Coverage for 1Gbps FTTP in Gloucestershire

Monday, August 24th, 2015 (2:31 pm) - Score 1,147
Gigaclear's fttp broadband for fastershire in gloucestershire uk

The Fastershire project has today published a raw roll-out plan for the recently signed £10m deal with fibre optic ISP Gigaclear, which will ensure that 6,495 additional rural premises in Gloucestershire are able to receive “ultra fast” Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) based broadband connectivity.

The contract, which was signed in June 2015 (here) and remains one of the precious few Broadband Delivery UK based projects in England to be agreed with an operator other than BT, is funded by £3 million of public investment and a further £7 million of private investment from Gigaclear.

As part of the original announcement it was stated that the funding would focus on communities in the Cotswolds, such as Guiting Power, Chedworth, Whelford, Bibury and Icomb. But not everybody was happy with the contract and one local councillor, Paul Hodgkinson (Liberal Democrat), feared that spending such a huge amount to deploy FTTP might mean that “quite a lot of people will still miss out“.

At the time Hodgkinson also called for a “detailed list of the 6,000 properties which are included in this scheme” and it seems as if Fastershire has now complied by publishing a “full list of included premises“, albeit in a very raw Microsoft Excel format. Apparently a more integrated version of the data will follow, but in the meantime you can Download the MS Excel File (XLSX).

Fastershire also states the following, “If your postcode is included but your property is not on the list, or if your neighbours are included but you aren’t, then we’d like to hear from you. Please contact info@fastershire.com and provide your full address details.” Sadly the actual timescale for the deployment is still a bit unclear, although it should be completed by the end of 2017.

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6 Responses
  1. Is this saying BT is not offering to replicate in H&G what they delivered in Cornwall even though substantial subsidies are under contract?
    Salute to Gigaclear but is the BT Cornish solution no longer available even though the subsidies are in place?

    • Avatar Steve Jones

      It just looks like the contract was awarded to Gigaclear on commercial grounds. There’s £7m of private money in this versus £3m of public money. So the subsidy per property is around the £500 level, or about £1,600 per property in total. It’s unclear if BT could provide FTTH using a £500 gap funding model and, in any event, it may be something to do with available resources and the time to implement it.

      In any event, this looks like a significant investment by Gigaclear and their investors. I suspect they are counting on a very high level of uptake.

    • @Steve Phase 1 public funding of £35.7m and BT committing £20m allegedly. BT have done no more than 450 structures generating invoices of c£12m and H&G are forced to contract with a start up to get what they want! Clawback and excess modelled would have paid for this!
      This is not just losing.
      By the way if you plough the Ofcom and Cartesian cost allocation work, you can piece together the NGA commercial costs (Wholesale Residual Market 2013/14) Cabs <£5k, install <£3k and fibre, duct, tie cable <£8k a path. Total looks to be £17-£18k per cab and fibre (access and spine) path including overheads. It takes a little work but there is some inconsistent redactions in the Ofcom and Cartesian docs.

    • Avatar fastman

      you will stil need to conenct to the network (from the Gigaclear POT at end of premise so assume that not change — (either £200 or DIY) be interesting to see how many premises they actually cover — also there will be more scrutiny now public money is involved — be interesting to see how they cope with civils and village dig ups in expensive cotswold villages with sparse premises

  2. Avatar Craski

    Great to see an actual roll out plan. Its a shame that BDUK/Digital Scotland cant do the same.

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