The Gigaclear Story

How Gigaclear was started, and what we have done so far.

Living in rural Oxfordshire, Gigaclear’s founder Matthew Hare saw the problems that rural homes and businesses had in getting access to fast, reliable Internet connections. The problems came from the very long lengths of copper cables in rural areas and the relative investment priority of other network operators towards cities where the majority of their customers were located. Having sold his previous communications business, he saw the opportunity to use new full fibre network technologies, where distance has no impact on performance, to deliver a world beating fibre-to-the-premises (“FTTP”) service to customers who were willing to pay for better communications.

Our team:

The Gigaclear plc Board is made up of non-executives Charles McGregor, Eddie Minshull, Stephen Nelson, Michele Armanini and David Smyth (CFO).

Joe Frost joined in June 2012 (Business Development Director), Mike Surrey (COO) joined in September 2016, Charl Tintinger (Technical Director) joined in February 2017 and Mike Quinn joined us as Delivery Director in August 2017. In June 2018 Mike Surrey took over from founder Matthew Hare as CEO.

Our timeline:

The company was founded in December 2010.

In May 2011 Ofcom applied the electronic communications code to Gigaclear for the purposes of the provision, by Gigaclear, of an electronic communications network in the United Kingdom. Also in May 2011, the company took a majority stake in local access pioneer Rutland Telecom.

In September 2011 the company started construction of its first fibre-to-the-premises network, which opened service in October 2011 in Hambleton in Rutland, in association with Rutland Telecom.

During 2012 Gigaclear delivered its first Gigabit fibre-to-the-premises network in the rural communities of Appleton, Eaton and Besselsleigh in Oxfordshire. During 2013 and 2014 the company built and opened new networks in Fyfield, Frilford, Farmoor, Stanton Harcourt, Woodeaton, Beckley and Northmoor in Oxfordshire, Godden Green in Kent and Uppingham in Rutland.

In June 2015, Gigaclear was awarded BDUK contracts to build new Ultrafast networks in West Berkshire, Cotswolds District in Fastershire and Epping Forest District in Essex.

By the end of 2016 Gigaclear operated networks across 13 counties: Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Gloucestershire, Kent, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Oxfordshire, Rutland and Worcestershire serving over 30,000 properties.

Gigaclear has been selected as the preferred supplier for new a range of new BDUK contracts for Ultrafast networks rural areas:

December 2016 – Devon and Somerset (CDS): lots 2, 3, 5 and 6.
February 2017 – Northamptonshire: lots 1 and 2
March 2017 – Herefordshire and Gloucestershire (Fastershire): lots 2, 3c, 3d, 3e and 4
June 2017 – Wiltshire: lot 1
June 2017 – Essex: lots 1 and 2
July 2017 – Devon and Somerset (CDS): lot 1
July 2017 – Berkshire – rural East Berkshire