Over 6,000 homes and businesses in rural East Berkshire will be given access to Gigaclear’s ultrafast, full fibre broadband network as part of the latest phase of the Superfast Berkshire project. The ultrafast rural fibre to the premises provider has been awarded the contract to help extend better broadband coverage in the county to more than 99.5% over the next two years.
The contract, awarded by West Berkshire Council under its Phase 3 program, means that premises will have access to speeds of up to 1,000Mbps making them some of the best-connected homes and business in the country. Once connected, residents will be able to download a movie in less than one minute, upload 200 holiday photos in under nine seconds or download an album in just a few seconds.
Joe Frost, Business Development Director at Gigaclear, said: “We are delighted to, once again, be future proofing connectivity for rural homes and businesses in Berkshire. This contract win further cements our commitment to the area and to improving the quality of lives for those who live here, whether that be work, entertainment or play. We look forward to continuing to work with the Superfast Berkshire team to help bring the county up to speed, quite literally!”
Gigaclear also works with Superfast Berkshire under the Phase 2 contract to connect nearly 12,000 homes and businesses in West Berkshire to ultrafast broadband. Ed Cowan, Shop Manager at West Berkshire Brewery which was recently connected to the Gigaclear service, said: “Before Gigaclear our speeds were as low as 1.6Mbps so performing everyday tasks was a struggle. It could take up to 20 minutes for everyone’s emails to update of a morning, it was difficult to maintain our website and it was near to impossible to download from the cloud. Now all our online activities run significantly faster and more efficiently, our speeds are over 100x better than before. We’re also going through expansion and looking to develop our website, which will be much more complex with a lot more content. This kind of development would have been near to impossible to maintain before. The speeds have really improved the way we run the business”
Construction of this new FTTP network is expected to start in rural East Berkshire later this Summer.
For more information on the Superfast Berkshire project visit http://www.superfastberkshire.org.uk