More full fibre for rural Britain as Gigaclear secures £111 million new investment

5th May 2017

Filed Under: Announcements

We are pleased to announce £111 million in additional equity funding to build new full fibre networks in rural Britain. […]

We are pleased to announce £111 million in additional equity funding to build new full fibre networks in rural Britain.
Gigaclear knows the difference a full fibre connection makes to your family or business. And much of rural Britain deserves better, deserves not to be left in the slow lane. This announcement today will mean hundreds of thousands of people will get the chance to step into their communications future as we bring brand new networks to more of rural Britain. – Matthew Hare Chief Executive Gigaclear

More full fibre for rural Britain as Gigaclear secures £111 million new investment


Continuing our growth, we are pleased to announce £111m in additional equity funding to build new full fibre networks in rural Britain. This will enable a significant acceleration in the build rate of these ultrafast Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) networks across multiple counties, reaching hundreds of thousands of people. The funding has been raised from existing shareholders and one new institutional investor.

In recent months, we have won significant tenders to deliver our broadband network to hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses across Devon, Somerset, Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and Northamptonshire through the Government-backed BDUK programme. The new investment will fund the first stage of these new networks, along with other commercial network build projects.

Existing shareholders Infracapital and Woodford have committed to investing £60m and £15m respectively with other shareholders contributing a further £1m. RPMI Railpen, the investment manager for the Railways Pension Scheme, is the new institutional investor, putting £35m to work in the company.

Matthew Hare, Chief Executive, Gigaclear, said:
“Full fibre is the future. This latest round of investment will enable Gigaclear to step up our speed of network delivery and is a clear signal of the confidence investors have in our continued expansion and success.”

“Millions of rural homes and businesses across the country need better broadband and we want to reach as many of those in rural areas as quickly as possible. Our pure fibre network transforms lives by providing access to the fastest internet speeds to be found anywhere in the world and technologically future-proofing these rural communities for years to come.”

Ed Clarke, Co-Founder and Director, Infracapital, commented:
“Infracapital is delighted to continue to support Gigaclear as it develops its full fibre network in the UK’s rural communities. Gigaclear has made significant progress since we made our original investment and we are proud to be supporting the team as they roll out this essential infrastructure in underserved areas of the country.”

Paul Bishop, Investment Director, Railpen, said:
“As a long-term investor, we see the partnership with Gigaclear as a natural fit that will allow us to generate strong returns over time and fulfil our mission to pay members’ pensions securely, affordably and sustainably. We are also delighted that the company will be supporting local communities by bringing the benefits of best-in-class fibre-optic broadband to homes and businesses in new parts of the country.”