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Fibre broadband for Cotswolds community 'in time for Christmas'

Thursday, November 5th 2015 by Phil Wilkinson-Jones

Gigaclear has revealed the full schedule for its rollout of fibre broadband in the Cotswolds.

The gigabit provider is using fibre to the premises (FTTP) technology – which bypasses BT’s copper network – to connect more than 6,000 homes and businesses in the area.

The rollout forms part of the second phase of the Fastershire project, which is delivering the government’s broadband rollout in Gloucestershire and Herefordshire.

Work started in Badgeworth, near Cheltenham, on 22 October with engineers digging a 10km track that will house the fibre connection to the first Gigaclear street cabinet.

Communities in Coberley, Upper Coberley, Cockleford, Colesbourne, Cowley, Elkstone, Seven Springs and Stockwell will have access to broadband speeds up to 1Gbps by March 2016.

The first customers in Cockerly will be able to access gigabit services before Christmas 2015.

A total of 6,495 premises will be connected to Gigaclear’s fibre network by the end of 2017.

Details of the entire rollout schedule are now available on the gigabit provider's website.

Matthew Hare, CEO 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.”

'Digging'

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 ahead of engineering works taking place, giving residents the chance to ask questions about the project.

Last month Gigaclear said it was on track for a record year after delivering fibre to twice as many properties as it did in the whole of 2014.

The company said it had delivered gigabit broadband to 10,000 homes and businesses, with a take-up of nearly 40%.

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