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Gigaclear to dig 1,000Mbps fibre broadband to 6,495 Cotswolds locations

Gigaclear has revealed the scope of its plans for the Cotswolds; 6,495 homes and firms will be able to order up to 1,000Mbps broadband by 2018. 

The small ISP, which specialises in rolling out FTTP (Fibre to the Premises) broadband to rural communities, and was awarded a contract by Fastershire, a partnership between Herefordshire and Gloucestershire councils and DCMS. 

Seven Springs, a Gloucestershire hamlet will be the first place to benefit from Gigaclear’s attention under the Fastershire plan when work begins in October. 

Matthew Hare, Chief Executive of Gigaclear, said: “We’re delighted to be able to reveal that Seven Springs in Cockleford is to be the first community in the Cotswolds to benefit from our ultrafast pure fibre broadband. 

Related: Gigaclear greenlit to pipe gigabit broadband to Essex’s Epping Forest“This will give homes and businesses in the area a world-leading internet connection with speeds up to 40 times faster for downloads, and up to 300 times faster for uploads than the UK average.

“Working with local communities, landowners and the county council, we aim to minimise the impact on the local environment during the construction stage while we install this future proofed, new telecommunications network.”

By Christmas, several other areas will be able to order services providing top download and upload speeds of 1Gbps (1,000Mbps). 

Coberley, Upper Coberley, Cowley, Stockwell, Cockleford, Elkstone and Colesbourne will be connected during the first quarter of 2016 as part of the first phase of the plan. A comprehensive list of the properties to be covered can be found here and Fastershire is urging residents to get in touch if they’re not on it. 

Councillor Mark Hawthorne, leader of Gloucestershire County Council, added: “Some of the county’s most isolated and difficult to reach areas will benefit from Fastershire’s new rollout in the Cotswolds. We know that residents are increasingly eager to see details on when they may be upgraded so I’m delighted to now publish the full list of premises included in the rollout.”  

Gigaclear’s entry-level service sees home customers able to get a symmetrical 50Mbps service (50Mbps download and upload speeds) with unlimited downloads for £38.80/month (plus a one-off £100 connection fee) with the option to add Anytime calls for an extra £7/month. There’s no extra charges for line rental and a gigabit wireless router is included for free with all packages. 

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