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ISP Ecom Brings Gigabit Broadband to Bucks Village of Hulcott UPDATE

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2021 (2:02 pm) - Score 936
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Rural UK ISP Ecom, which is busy deploying a new 1Gbps capable Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband network to remote rural parts of Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire, has just put their network live across the tiny rural village of Hulcott, outside of Aylesbury.

The provider is currently aiming to cover 2,500 premises with their new “full fibre” network by the end of 2021 and the addition of Hulcott should help toward that goal, albeit only a little (the village has a population of around 110). Ecom has also deployed into a number of other nearby communities, such as Ledburn, Wingrave, Crafton, Creslow, Mentmore and Blackthorn (near Bicester).

As before, this build has been achieved with help from the Government’s rural gigabit voucher scheme. Homes on the new network typically take packages from 300Mbps (£36 inc. VAT per month) and this goes all the way up to 1Gbps (£96) on a 12-month term. Meanwhile, installation costs are generally covered by the vouchers.

Sam Shaw, Ecom’s Sales and Marketing Executive, said:

“The community of Hulcott called out to us to bring them into the 21st century and ensure the village wasn’t left behind from a technology perspective, the uptake and support throughout this project has been tremendous with the village and it’s populace, where required the co-operation has been first class, with a friendly and amicable approach.

It’s been a pleasure to work with the resident and we welcome them to our network.”

Colin Rickard, Sports Data Services Ltd, said:

“Great effort from the ECom team, they have been truly outstanding in successfully delivering Ultrafast FTTP to Hulcott. Inevitably there is a degree of disruption involved in groundworks but this has been kept to an absolute minimum and the team have been professional and courteous at all times.

Utilising the Government Rural Gigabit Voucher Scheme plus a contribution from the Bucks CC Gigabit Top Up Fund meant no upfront infrastructure cost to residents, an unbelievably good deal. Thanks ECom, I can’t recommend you highly enough.”

It’s worth pointing out that Ecom’s network is surrounded by rival FTTP deployments from Openreach and Gigaclear, although they seem to be doing a good job of going into the smaller patches that those players have missed (Hulcott itself sits in-between two of Openreach’s builds). The next communities on their deployment hit list will be Hillesden and Steeple Claydon, which are both a bit further away from the bulk of their current patch.

UPDATE 24th March 2021

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By Mark Jackson
Mark is a professional technology writer, IT consultant and computer engineer from Dorset (England), he also founded ISPreview in 1999 and enjoys analysing the latest telecoms and broadband developments. Find me on Twitter, , Facebook and Linkedin.
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7 Responses
  1. Billy Nomates says:

    It really feels like the UK is picking up speed now.

    Good show. Still waiting for Openreach to get started here, finding out when they’re going to start is basically impossible though it seems (I’ve asked both OR and the contractor and nobody will even reply to me)

  2. JP says:

    These fibre installations are fairly interesting, going to be so many broken cables in years to come due to being installed mere inches below surface.

    1. Mark Jackson says:

      These days most go a fair bit further down than that (there are standards to follow here), although in the earlier years of FTTP we did see some fibre from other operators being placed far too close to the surface for comfort.

    2. Chris@Ecom says:

      If you are referring to the photo Mark has used, JP, the depth you are seeing there is to the warning tape, the actual ducts are a fair way below that!

    3. JP says:

      Any ideas what the regulation is because I’ve seen narrow trenching done in passing and was no deeper than about 6-8 inches 😀

    4. Mark Jackson says:

      @JP. So there’s quite a lot of reading to do for the full context, but you could start with these:

      https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/framework-for-uk-fibre-delivery-street-works

      https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/specification-for-the-reinstatement-of-openings-in-highways

      Rules in Scotland etc. are a little different.

  3. Ben@Internetty says:

    Hi JP.

    Telecoms Ducting only has to be 250mm under the pavement, and 450-600 in the carriage way, in the verge there is no recommended depth but we would usually install at 250-500 at least.

    The guidelines are on this link

    http://streetworks.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/V1-Positioning-Colour-Coding-Issue-8.pdf

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