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ISP Gigaclear Issues Update on Gloucestershire FTTP Rollout

Tuesday, March 16th, 2021 (3:38 pm) - Score 1,992
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Rural UK ISP Gigaclear has today issued a brief update on their progress to deploy a new 1Gbps capable Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband network in Gloucestershire via the joint state aid supported Fastershire project, which also includes Herefordshire council.

At present the Fastershire project, which harnesses various different contracts with Openreach (BT), Gigaclear, Airband, Full Fibre Ltd and Glide (among others), expects to extend “superfast broadband” (30Mbps+) coverage to over 97% of properties in both counties by the end of 2022.

Last June 2020 Gigaclear informed us that their related FTTP rollout in Herefordshire and Gloucestershire had reached 34,000 premises, buy sadly we haven’t been given an updated figure today and so can’t gauge progress. Instead, the ISP confirms that, during the past year, they dug over 57,000 metres of trenching to lay new fibre in order to allow for over 5,000 additional rural homes and businesses to access gigabit broadband.

As a result of all that the provider has now commenced building in Slimbridge, Halmore, Newport, Stone, Barkley, Westend, Kingscote and Horsley.

Jamie Flint, Gigaclear’s GM of Gloucestershire and Herefordshire, said:

“2020 was a hard year for everyone, especially those without reliable access to the internet. Fortunately, Gigaclear’s work is deemed critical by government and, despite resourcing issues due to the pandemic, we were able to really up our game and we have taken advantage by starting our builds in these communities.”

We’ve been able to accelerate down the M5 corridor thanks to our award-winning engineering project to cross the River Severn. This has provided the backhaul connection which will enable us to light up a number of new communities. We hope that 2021 will be a much better year for everyone but, in the meantime, we’re still working as hard as we can to get properties connected to our gigabit capable network.”

Councillor Patrick Molyneux, Gloucestershire County Council, added:

“Thanks to our partnership with Fastershire, over 100,000 Gloucestershire homes and businesses have superfast broadband. That’s been so important for home working and home learning during lockdown – as well as video calls with friends and family. It’s great that the roll out is gaining pace after the challenges of last year – superfast broadband everywhere is a vital part of our plans to grow our economy and protect local jobs.”

As it stands Gigaclear’s network now reaches more than 130,000 UK homes and businesses in 300 communities across 22 counties.

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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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10 Responses
  1. Anna says:

    My mate won’t be happy he’s got a wireless 1GB service in Stone. You covered it in the past his military grade kit in on the church roof

    1. Alb says:

      Good luck with that, it was all shut down more than a year ago (and it was 100mbps symmetric service BTW)!
      Virgin installed their fibre network at around the same time so when Gigaclear complete we will have two independent fibre connections available. Can’t be too many in that position, particularly in a rural location.

  2. Jt4 says:

    Gigaclear and Fastershire failing my community in Glasshouse area as the date has been pushed back and recently I have been told they no longer have a timescale. Was supposed to be installed this month. Fastershire have failed and continue to fail my area, even after promise after promise starting 7 years ago with OR…

  3. daryl says:

    97% of properties in both counties by the end of 2022. You only have to look at the way OR cherry picked odd streets in the lager Forest of Dean towns and then again by Gigaclear. The last map I saw showed Cinderford at less than 50% coverage in the PROPOSED plan. For the rest of us after enquiring its nothing but maybe maybe maybe.
    Fastershire seems to be putting an incredible amount of faith in Airband covering all the residential work that OR and Gigaclear don’t seem to want

    1. G says:

      Gigaclear all over Bream in the Forest of Dean at the moment laying cables, putting in new cabinets etc…. It is looking promising from my perspective at the moment, but will see how long it takes for them to actually turn the service on. However, what I have noticed from their maps, they are only covering half of Bream, OR have cherry picked a few streets but there is going to be the whole other part of Bream that doesn’t seem to have a plan which arguably has more residential properties. Let’s see where it goes.

    2. AnotherTim says:

      Bream is split across two build areas. The current work is part of the “Coleford Road, Lydney” build, and all pots should be live by end Q1 2022 – some may go live well before then, and I’d expect those actually in Bream to be first (the ones that already have superfast broadband available).
      The remainder of Bream is in the “Bream, Lydney” build area, and there doesn’t seem to be a published date for that.

  4. Nearly FTTP'd says:

    Gigaclear FINALLY! building in my postcode, delayed from Nov 2018.

    But boy are they slow I’m not criticising the civils workers actually doing the work, but we have a single 4 man crew doing the whole build and they only work 1 or maybe 2 days a week?


  5. K says:

    Not sure where you get your information about Bream from. Trying my postcode on their checker (I’m at the North top of the village) they have no plans.

    Can you share the maps ?

  6. Annabella Scott says:

    I understand the cabinet in Kingscote is now love. I love 2 miles from Kingscote, post code GL8 8UF. When will my property be connected please?

  7. L says:

    It would be great if their website was not a steaming mess. Trying to find their current installation progress, completions, and plans is like drawing blood from a stone. Not as if it’s taxpayer money being used or anything…

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