Ultrafast pure fibre broadband provider, Gigaclear, has unveiled the full schedule for Fastershire’s phase 2 broadband roll out. The announcement of dates for when each community is expected to go live comes after work began in Badgeworth on 22nd October, starting with a 10km dig to provide the hyperfast fibre connection to the first Gigaclear fibre cabinet.
Communities in Coberley, Upper Coberley, Cockleford, Colesbourne, Cowley, Elkstone, Seven Springs and Stockwell will have access to Gigaclear’s broadband service in the first quarter of 2016, with the first customers in Cockerly going live before Christmas 2015. These communities will be followed by all the remaining areas making up the 6495 total project premises over the following 18 months.
A total of 6,495 premises in the Cotswolds are set to receive ultrafast broadband services over the Gigaclear fibre network by the end of 2017, offering speeds of up to 1Gbps. Details of the entire rollout schedule are now available at www.gigaclear.com/fastershire
Matthew Hare, Chief Executive of Gigaclear, said: “We are off to a great start with this project, with the first ultrafast fibre cabinet due to go live in a few weeks’ time in December. This means the first to receive the service will have ultrafast broadband in their homes and businesses in time for Christmas. Our partnership, and the support received from the Fastershire team is helping us deliver this project on time, bringing speeds up to 40 times faster than the UK average to residents and businesses across the Cotswolds.”
Cllr Mark Hawthorne, Leader of Gloucestershire County Council, said: “Communities are understandably eager to find out when they will have access to ultrafast speeds, and I’m delighted to publish the schedule for the rollout.
“We expect the first residents to be able to benefit from a vastly improved service before Christmas, less than two months after the first digging began at the end of October.”
During the rollout, 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.
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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