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Gigaclear Confirms First Cotswolds Homes for 1Gbps FTTP Broadband

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015 (4:54 pm) - Score 1,410
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UK ISP Gigaclear, which recently won the contract to ensure that 6,495 additional rural premises in Gloucestershire (England) are able to receive “ultra fast” Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) based broadband by the end of 2017, has announced that Seven Springs in Cockleford will be the first to benefit.

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

The original announcement suggested that the related roll-out would focus on communities in the Cotswolds, such as Guiting Power, Chedworth, Whelford, Bibury and Icomb. Apparently the initial focus on Cockleford will also include the communities of Coberley, Upper Coberley, Cowley, Stockwell, Elkstone and Colesbourne.

Matthew Hare, Gigaclear’s CEO, said:

We’re delighted to be able to reveal that Seven Springs in Cockleford is to be the first community in the Cotswolds to benefit from our ultrafast pure fibre broadband. This will give homes and businesses in the area a world-leading internet connection with speeds up to 40 times faster for downloads, and up to 300 times faster for uploads than the UK average. Working with local communities, landowners and the county council, we aim to minimise the impact on the local environment during the construction stage while we install this future proofed, new telecommunications network.”

Construction of the new network is set to begin in October 2015 and the first phase for Seven Springs will then complete by Christmas, with the other areas due to follow during Q1 2016. A full schedule for the delivery, including the expected timeframe for all communities within the plans, will be published later in September on Gigaclear’s website.

As part of the rollout, Fastershire and Gigaclear will hold local events in advance of engineering works to provide relevant information and give residents the opportunity to have their project and broadband questions answered. The local community events will be held on 29th and 30th September at Brimpsfield and Elkstone Village Halls respectively, both starting at 7.30pm.

The news comes only two days after exact details of the full roll-out plan were published online, albeit in a very raw format and without any timescale information (here).

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10 Responses
  1. Avatar Steve

    Nice to see some companies doing it right first time.

    • Avatar FibreFred

      And so they should as they don’t go into an area until they get a 30%+ take up level, so not much in the way of risk.

    • Avatar DTMark

      Looking at the other article about take-up, and given the early stage of the rollout to those with the slowest speeds and the lack of (more like denial of) community involvement with that, VDSL doesn’t seem too far behind, so one could suppose 30% take-up isn’t that hard to accomplish.

    • As this is a state-aid support / BDUK linked contract then our assumption would be that it’s not demand-led like Gigaclear’s private contracts and is instead a general coverage deal.

      No doubt Gigaclear has considered the commercial side, although the £7m private to £3m public spend also seems a little risky for the ISP. Never the less in rural areas with poor connectivity then up-take can usually be quite strong.

    • Avatar Terry

      Thank you for clearing that up Mark.

  2. Avatar Adam Morris

    This is not demand-led. Gigaclear have picked up a contract that BT turned down as ‘physically impossible’ and ‘uneconomic’ – in one of the wealthiest areas of the UK, where current speeds average under 2Mbps, and connections require hourly router restarts.

    As a result 6500 properties will have access to 1000Mbps up and down, with entry levels of 50Mbps (you can switch to 1000Mbps for 48 hours for £5). BT are being made to look both greedy and incompetent, while the local estate agents are rubbing their hands at a surge in property values in the spring.

    “If the country’s phone network hadn’t been sold off by the Tories in the 1980s, or BT didn’t have such good friends in the government, everyone would be getting this FTTP service, and for a fraction of what BT have pocketed for third-rate FTTC” – not my words but those of a visiting Open Reach engineer.

    • Avatar fastman

      be interesting to see what those estate agents think then those villages are dug up and road services are disturbed and villages with conservation areas are baldy disrupted for 2 years and you get not choice in service providers and you have to pay £200.00 to get fbire from the pick off point or DIY — be interesting to see what they actually deliver in terms of number of premises

    • Avatar fastman

      interesting in 1984 when it was privatised there were 249,000 employees and 1 telephone provider !!!! interesting comments around FTTC (hardly 3rd Rate — this coming from a business that invested 2.5bn of its own money — don’t this state owned companies are allowed to do that — I frankly wonder if the business would even exist in its current form

      seem to think at that stage 28k/bps was high tech !!!!

  3. Avatar fastman

    the country’s phone network hadn’t been sold off by the Tories in the 1980s, or BT didn’t have such good friends in the government, everyone would be getting this FTTP service, and for a fraction of what BT have pocketed for third-rate FTTC” – not my words but those of a visiting Open Reach engineer.

    interesting !!!! — really a comment from an openreach engineer !!!!

  4. Avatar Whatami

    Fastman are you really not a BT employee ?

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