Gigaclear has announced that Seven Springs in Cockleford will be the first to benefit from Fastershire’s phase 2 broadband rollout in the Cotswolds. The Cockleford network will include the communities of Seven Springs, Coberley, Upper Coberley, Cowley, Stockwell, Elkstone and Colesbourne
Gigaclear will provide ultrafast pure fibre broadband to approximately 6,500 homes and businesses across the Cotswolds by the end of 2017 as part of the Fastershire phase 2 contract, awarded to Gigaclear in June 2015.
Matthew Hare, Chief Executive of Gigaclear, said: “We’re delighted to be able to reveal that Seven Springs in Cockleford is to be the first community in the Cotswolds to benefit from our ultrafast pure fibre broadband.
“This will give homes and businesses in the area a world-leading internet connection with speeds up to 40 times faster for downloads, and up to 300 times faster for uploads than the UK average. Working with local communities, landowners and the county council, we aim to minimise the impact on the local environment during the construction stage while we install this future proofed, new telecommunications network.”
The installation of Gigaclear’s FTTP system will begin with Seven Springs in October, and then extending to all other areas within the project area; giving upload and download speeds to connected residents and businesses of up to 1Gbps by Christmas. Coberley, Upper Coberley, Cowley, Stockwell, Cockleford, Elkstone and Colesbourne are also set to benefit once the rollout is complete for the first phase, during the first quarter of 2016.
Cllr Mark Hawthorne, leader of Gloucestershire County Council, said: “Some of the county’s most isolated and difficult to reach areas will benefit from Fastershire’s new rollout in the Cotswolds. We know that residents are increasingly eager to see details on when they may be upgraded so I’m delighted to now publish the full list of premises included in the rollout.”
The full list of all premises included in Fastershire’s phase 2 broadband rollout in the Cotswolds is now available at www.fastershire.com/phasetwo
A full schedule for the delivery including the expected timeframe for all communities within the plans will be published later in September, available on the Gigaclear website.
As part of the rollout, Fastershire and Gigaclear will hold local events in advance of engineering works to provide relevant information and give residents the opportunity to have their project and broadband questions answered. The local community events will be held on 29th and 30th September at Brimpsfield and Elkstone Village Halls respectively, both starting at 7.30pm.
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Notes to editors
Gigaclear plc is dedicated to building and operating ultrafast, pure fibre to the premises broadband networks in rural Britain.
With fast and reliable pure fibre connectivity to every property in a community, our customers are able to do what they need online, at any time of day, regardless of how many users there are in their property.
The company was founded in December 2010 by its chief executive, Matthew Hare. For further information about qualifying communities see www.gigaclear.com/can-i-get-it
Fastershire is a partnership between Gloucestershire County Council and Herefordshire Council to build a world class broadband network for the two counties.
The first phase of the project, working with BT, has already provided fibre to 43,188 homes and businesses in Gloucestershire, upgrading 193 cabinets in 40 exchange areas.
Future Fastershire investment will include other localised rollouts and contract extension negotiations with BT.
For further information: www.fastershire.com
About Superfast Britain
Superfast Britain is a Government programme of investment in broadband and communication infrastructure across the UK. Run by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, this investment helps businesses to grow, creates jobs and will make Britain more competitive in the global race.
The portfolio is comprised of three elements:
• £780m to extend superfast broadband to 95% of the UK by 2017
• £150m to provide high speed broadband to businesses in 22 cities
• £150m to improve quality and coverage of mobile phone and basic data network services
Administered on behalf of Government by Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK), Superfast Britain is transforming Britain by promoting growth, enabling skills and learning, and improving quality of life.
For further information: https://www.gov.uk/broadband-delivery-uk