The ultrafast, pure fibre service from Gigaclear will be available as an alternative option to existing services and will mean that those living in some of the most rural areas of Hertfordshire will have pure fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) connections with upload and download speeds of up to 1Gbps (1000Mbps).
Matthew Hare, Chief Executive of Gigaclear, said: “We fully support the Connected Counties rollout, and BDUK plans to connect 95 per cent of the UK to superfast broadband by the end of 2017, but the rollout of this scheme won’t reach everyone. By making a commercial investment in the region, Gigaclear will be able to turn some of the most difficult to reach communities in Hertfordshire into the best-connected broadband areas in the world.”
Gigaclear plans to invest in the order of £4 million to connect the initial 4,000 properties across the county, transforming the online experience for all those living in the area. The Gigaclear commercial rollout will then likely extend firstly to the surrounding areas of Much Hadham, High Wych, Eastwick, Allen’s Green, Perry Green, Green Tye, Widford and Gilston Park. This is providing there is demand from residents and businesses registering their interest via the Gigaclear website (www.gigaclear.com/registerme).
The broadband service provided by Gigaclear will not only help give superfast broadband coverage to 98 per cent of Hertfordshire by June 2018, above BDUK’s target of 95 per cent for the whole of the UK, but those served by Gigaclear will experience speeds up to 40 times faster than the national average.
Mark Prisk, MP for Hertford and Stortford, said: “I welcome the announcement from Gigaclear of an alternative for people in East Herts who can’t get broadband through the Connected Counties programme. It’s so important that people in more remote areas aren’t left behind in this digital age.”
Gigaclear’s pure fibre network will put in place a new, open fibre communications infrastructure in parallel to the existing copper network. This reliable, symmetric and ultrafast network is essential for small businesses and those working or studying from home to operate at their full potential, and for residents and families to enjoy the full entertainment, work, communications, and gaming capabilities provided over the Internet. For instance, with Gigaclear’s ultrafast broadband a three hour feature film can be downloaded in 1 minute, 23 songs can take less than 10 seconds to download, and 200 photos less than 10 seconds to upload compared to the hours these tasks can take over typical rural broadband connections.
Engineering works for the first phase of the rollout are due to start in early 2016. Residents and businesses are being encouraged to register their interest in Gigaclear’s ultrafast broadband from Friday 6th November at www.gigaclear.com/registerme
For further information, visit www.gigaclear.com
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Gigaclear plc is dedicated to building and operating ultrafast, pure fibre to the premises broadband networks in rural communities. 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