On September 12th Gigaclear started the ground-works in Hambleton village in Rutland. A fast-paced construction schedule is in place, with the first customers connecting in early October and the entire project complete by mid October.
Hambleton is the first community Gigaclear is working with as part of their targeted to build an extensive FTTH network across the country that clearly benefits residents and businesses.
The Gigaclear network is financed from a group of private investors from Hambleton Village. The model sees a long-term loan secured against the network so that the investors reap a triple benefit: a financial return, a stronger sense of community, and an Ultrafast Internet experience.
Every customer will see latest technology installed with fully-supported router capable of 1000 Mbps. Each router comprises:
– Gigabit fibre network interface
– 4 Gigabit Ethernet ports connecting home network devices
– Wireless BGN at up to 300 Mbps
– IPv4 and IPv6 Firewall
The network is built and managed by Gigaclear, and Rutland Telecom is the service provider and delivers customer service and technical support locally with an initial offering of up to 50 Mbps internet access and IP telephony.
Matthew Hare (CEO Gigaclear) reports,
‘This Hambleton build is this is the start of the Gigaclear plan to build ultrafast connection to rural communities. Our focus is national and targeted in areas where there is a high demand for secure, high quality connections.’
Gigaclear leverages deep understanding of best practice from experienced operators in the UK, across Europe, and throughout the world. Gigaclear is building fast, cost-efficient, and high-quality networks. Matthew adds: ‘Gigaclear in Hambleton clearly shows that it is possible to deliver FTTH in rural areas, and it can be delivered now.’
Figure 1- Gigaclear CEO Matthew Hare oversees the start of FTTH construction in Hambleton Rutland (September 2011)