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Ultrafast broadband provider Gigaclear heading for record year

Thursday, October 22nd 2015 by Ellen Branagh

Ultrafast broadband provider Gigaclear is on track for a record year, after already delivering fibre to twice as many properties as last year.

The company said that so far this year, it has delivered gigabit broadband to 10,000 homes and businesses, with nearly 40% of those properties signed up as customers.

Gigaclear, which installs ultrafast broadband networks in rural communities, uses fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) technology – bypassing BT’s copper network – and is funded by private investors.

Its successful rollout means its live FTTP networks now span 36 communities across five counties.

Chief executive Matthew Hare said: “We have made fantastic progress this year already delivering ultrafast broadband to more than twice the number of properties than we did last year.

“The additional networks currently in construction and our significant pipeline of new networks clearly demonstrates the huge level of demand in rural areas for the unique service Gigaclear provides.

“The FTTP technology we deploy is more scalable than any other broadband infrastructure, future proofing these areas of the UK.”

According to Gigaclear, its rollout means homes in some harder-to-reach rural areas have faster broadband speeds than those in towns and cities.

Earlier this year, Cable.co.uk reported that the company had secured a £30m investment from Prudential and Woodford Investment Management that would allow it to continue, and accelerate its rollout.

Gigaclear has made several announcements of fibre rollouts this year, in areas including Essex, Berkshire and the Cotswolds.

Pure fibre network

In June, Gloucestershire County Council awarded Gigaclear the contract to give more than 6,000 homes Cotswolds premises access to 1Gbps speeds as part of phase two of the Fastershire project.

The deal was the first time funds from a superfast extension programme (SEP) had been given to a bidder other than BT.

Similarly, in Essex more than 4,500 homes and businesses will be able to access ultrafast speeds thanks to a contract between the county council and Gigaclear.

The project, part of Superfast Essex’s ‘Rural Challenge Project’, will see Gigaclear deliver its pure fibre network across the north east of Epping Forest District.

Work on the £7.5m project was set to start this month, aiming to get the first customers live before Christmas.

The project was the first in Essex to be awarded to an alternative provider rather than BT as part of the government’s Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) project.

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