Fibre broadband, delivering speeds of up to 1,000Mbps is now one step closer for residents of rural Gloucestershire.
Countryside-centric fibre ISP Gigaclear has announced that its first street cabinet in Gloucestershire is live, enabling orders of FTTP (Fibre to the Premises) broadband in Cockleford, Coberley and Cowley.
The cabinet is a milestone in the Fastershire project which will aims to see 6,500 homes and businesses in the Cotswolds able to get gigabit fibre broadband by the end of 2017.
Related: Gigaclear reveals fibre broadband plans for rural Hertfordshire, and Essex’s Epping ForestWhile the top speeds possible on Gigaclear connections are far in excess of what most UK homes currently require, there are slower, 50Mbps and 100Mbps services for those without the means (or budgets) for a premium 1,000Mbps service.
Matthew Hare, Gigaclear’s chief executive argues that delivering the infrastructure that can provide for tomorrow’s requirements makes more sense than setting up FTTC (Fibre to the Cabinet) lines and retroactively replacing copper elements with fibre optic lines.
Hare said: “Installing a new, pure fibre communications network with internet speeds up to 1,000Mbps will really transform the work, play, entertainment and communications experience for all our customers in the area.
“And in the long term, the pure fibre network will mean that the community has a future proof network that will not need updating over time as their broadband requirements grow.”
As well as being able to provide gigabit download and upload speeds today, Gigaclear’s also been flirting with an even faster 5Gbps (5,000Mbps) service.