Ultrafast pure fibre broadband provider, Gigaclear, has begun the first stage of digging in the Cotswolds today as part of Fastershire’s phase 2 broadband rollout. Work began in Badgeworth as Gigaclear started construction of a 10km track for the first cabinet in the roll out, with civil engineering firm, Complete Utilities, as principal contractor.
Communities in Coberley, Upper Coberley, Cockleford, Colesbourne, Cowley, Elkstone, Seven Springs and Stockwell will have access to Gigaclear’s broadband service before Christmas 2015; with a total of 6,495 premises in the Cotswolds set to receive access to Gigaclear broadband by the end of 2017, offering speeds of up to 1Gbps.
Matthew Hare, Chief Executive of Gigaclear, said: “We have taken the first step to build a new Gigabit broadband network across the Cotswolds. This will be a life changing project for many people living and working here with poor broadband service. Gigaclear is proud that our new ultrafast pure fibre broadband will deliver performance up to 40 times faster than the UK average to thousands of homes and businesses in 2016 and 2017. Working with Gloucestershire County Council, we aim to keep disruption to a minimum during this initial construction stage as we install this new, future proof telecommunications network.”
Cllr Mark Hawthorne, leader of Gloucestershire County Council, said: “Fastershire was the first national broadband project to secure Gigaclear as a provider in order to bring faster broadband to the most difficult and isolated areas.
“This first area will see ultrafast results from Gigaclear’s work and the first residents will be able to place an order for their new service before Christmas, barely more than two months after digging has started here on Greenway Lane.”
As part of the rollout, Gigaclear and Fastershire 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.
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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
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