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More Northamptonshire UK Villages to Go Live on Gigaclear’s Fibre

Monday, Jan 9th, 2023 (1:34 pm) - Score 760
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Rural broadband ISP Gigaclear has announced that their gigabit-capable Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) network will this month start to go live across the first 2,000 premises of their latest deployment patch – three villages in remote parts of Northamptonshire, England. This forms part of the operator’s wider £97m investment in the county.

In total, once the local build has completed, more than 3,700 homes in the rural communities of Middleton Cheney, Byfield and Hinton are set to benefit, in part from the £97 million worth of investment being made in Northamptonshire by Gigaclear.

NOTE: The Infracapital-backed provider is currently investing up to £700m to reach 500,000 premises by the end of 2023 (they’ve already covered 360,000 premises).

The update doesn’t mention precisely what the provider’s overall coverage targets are for the county, although back in late 2020 we reported (here) that their combined commercial and state aid supported builds (e.g. Phase 3 of the Superfast Northamptonshire project) in the area could end up covering as many as 30,000 homes and businesses in rural Northamptonshire.

Tony Smith, Gigaclear’s East Delivery Director, said:

“Moving into rural Northamptonshire demonstrates our commitment to extend our network to new communities. Whilst many other broadband providers compete to offer their services in dense, urban areas we’re focussing on harder-to-reach communities that are far less likely to have a choice of supplier.”

Residential customers of the service currently pay from £17 a month (£40 after 18-months) for a symmetric 200Mbps broadband package on an 18-month term and this rises to £49 (£79 after 18-months) for their top 830Mbps plan. All packages include a wireless router and free installation.

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By Mark Jackson
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6 Responses
  1. Avatar photo SM says:

    Wonder when they will announce parts of Cambridgeshire? Have been working over parts of it for a number of months

    1. Avatar photo JH says:

      OR have made live the Somersham exchange which covers my village (I think it covers 7 villages in total).
      Previously, the Parish Council sent out flyers for Gigaclear about 6 months ago but since then it has been radio silence, and nothing happened.

    2. Avatar photo Giga Engineer says:

      A lot of the cambs builds are still not live yet to connect houses,I would assume they will all be online or partially online by summer but it’s all contractors doing the work so can’t be sure.

    3. Avatar photo SM says:

      Had a glossy card/leaflet today saying Gigaclear is coming soon and advising there will be works taking place in the area. All stuff I knew of from following it personally but it would have been a general mailing to the whole area I would expect with the aim of drumming up some interest/registrations ahead of an availability sometime later. Openreach seem to be suggesting their FTTP will be available by the end of next month too, so could be a race on for who ends up being quickest to parts of Cambs!

  2. Avatar photo Giga Engineer says:

    A lot of the cambs builds are still not live yet to connect houses,I would assume they will all be online or partially online by summer but it’s all contractors doing the work so can’t be sure.

    1. Avatar photo JH says:

      Agreed but by then they would have missed the opportunity to connect people. OR provides a myriad of options to pick your ISP right now at FTTP speeds (I get 1000/115 for example).

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