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Gigaclear Progress in Fastershire area?

sheephouse

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The Gloucestershire county Council are due to reach a decision in the next week on changes to the Fastershire delivery - this follows a decision by Herefordshire council that has de-scoped a couple of thousand or so properties that Gigaclear are no longer going to cover - those properties will now be deferred to Project Gigabit. I suspect something similar will happen in Gloucestershire...
 

sheephouse

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The planned electricity connection to the Stroat cabinet due today has been cancelled. I now don't expect it to be connected this year as there isn't time before Christmas to give notice to the affected properties.
As I work from home I had to rearrange work to allow for the power cut, but now I will have to do that all again - arrgh!
 

sheephouse

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The electricity connection to the Stroat cabinet has now been completed by the power company. This has happened sooner than I expected, as they didn't give the usual advance notice of a power cut - which surprised a number of locals who found themselves without power for a couple of hours.
There is still no power to the equipment though, as there is some additional work to be done in power section of the cabinet...
 

Pheasant

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The electricity connection to the Stroat cabinet has now been completed by the power company. This has happened sooner than I expected, as they didn't give the usual advance notice of a power cut - which surprised a number of locals who found themselves without power for a couple of hours.
There is still no power to the equipment though, as there is some additional work to be done in power section of the cabinet...
Grid connections are a nightmare at the best of times. The most recent one I did the DNO made us jump through so many hoops and on the day of connection I was shocked at how disjointed the whole process was with UKPN doing the basic cabling and installing the cable from the street up to ‘their’ side of the cutout, then their subby came to connect ‘our’ side of the tails to the cutout, then our electricity supplier needed to send their subby to install the meter - so yeah it was a bloody nightmare and if if I hadn’t rattled all their cages and effectively project managed the BS nightmare then we would have have no power…make comms look like a walk in the back garden 🤣
 

sheephouse

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Grid connections are a nightmare at the best of times.
Yes, but this one has been very poor. They originally planned the cabinet in a location where no new connections were possible because the transformer is over-subscribed. (I did warn them). Then when they changed the location they seem to have forgotten to apply for wayleaves. Anyway, I have now been told that it is Gigaclear (or their contractor) that needs to do some work to get the power connected. They don't seem to actually plan anything in advance, and don't seem very good at project management, so I'm expecting more delays...
 

jim1974

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Looking at TBB today, St.Briavels has now gone live and appears to have a few subscribers.
I have not seen any further updates anywhere on our Street area (although they appear to be re-digging up Aylburton or some reason).
They got about 300 metres down Keynsham lane back in November, but then stopped rather abruptly, and nothing appears to be happening now :(

 

sheephouse

Top Member
The Keynsham Lane and Park Hill Road build will apparently start in February - it has been moved to a new "part 2" phase.
The parts of the Stroat area that have been built can now place an order - I don't know how long it will take to be connected, but I'll find out next week...
Woodcroft, Stroat, and Netherend areas can all order, and some in Woodcroft and Netherend are actually connected - although those areas don't yet show on TBB.
 

sheephouse

Top Member
Gloucestershire County Council have now approved the change to the Fastershire contract with Gigaclear - moving 1,187 premises from Lot 2/3c of Stage 3 of the Fastershire delivery programme (Gigaclear decided they couldn't afford to complete these even with the gap funding), to the newly created Stage 6 so they can be included for the future procurement process managed by BDUK.
 

sheephouse

Top Member
Some progress - the Stroat cabinet is now live and taking orders. Better, I ordered last Friday for an install at the end of the month, but due to a last minute change they actually installed it on Tuesday! :)
I'm currently the only connection to the local drop box, which is a few yards from the cabinet.
I have the 500Mbps package, and initially was getting about half that. It has gradually increased (why? how?) and I am now getting 500Mbps up and down. Latency is ~6ms to London.
 

jim1974

Casual Member
Gloucestershire County Council have now approved the change to the Fastershire contract with Gigaclear - moving 1,187 premises from Lot 2/3c of Stage 3 of the Fastershire delivery programme (Gigaclear decided they couldn't afford to complete these even with the gap funding), to the newly created Stage 6 so they can be included for the future procurement process managed by BDUK.
Ok, so will the high woolaston/park hill road install be going ahead still ?

There are only about 15 properties to finish this area, so will be gutted if we are have been shelved!!

I saw a gigaclear van parked up at the grassed t junction with park hill/keynsham lane/st.briavels road (where the local distribution cabinet was pencilled to go) last week.
 
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