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Gigaclear rolls out superfast broadband to rural communities

Three villages in rural Kent and Oxfordshire are to get gigabit-speed internet to their homes following a deal with fibre broadband provider Gigaclear.

Four business parks and 1500 homes in Farmoor and Stanton Harcourt in Oxfordshire as well as Underriver and surrounding villages in Kent will be upgraded to gain speeds of up to 1Gbps using Gigaclear’s fibre network.

The deal came about as the three communities worked together get the superfast broadband technology following years of frustration at slow and unpredictable internet speeds.

Credit: Oxfordshire Villages/Roger Sweet

“There are many promises being made when it comes to rural broadband that contain neither sufficient network detail nor accurate delivery schedules,” said Mike Clyne, spokesperson for the Underriver Broadband Group.

“Communities which have inferior broadband speeds risk becoming unsustainable. Homes and businesses need a provider who can not only build the network that they need, but also one that will be delivered within their desired timeframe.”

He added that Gigaclear was the only operator who was prepared to engage with them to future proof his community with a full fibre-to-the-Home solution.

Bernard Farr, spokesman for the Digital Farmoor Group said, “Once completed, Farmoor will be one of very few places in the world with fibre broadband connected all the way to the home of each subscriber resident – and at ultrafast speeds. 

Farr added that fibre broadband to the home would make properties easier to sell and more valuable.

Matthew Hare, chief executive of Gigaclear, said that his firm would have invested £2 million in the Oxfordshire roll out and £1 million in Kent.

“We expect this momentum to increase further as more communities choose to drive their own broadband initiatives forward instead of waiting for solutions which will not guarantee coverage or speeds and which are yet to materialise,” he said.

Construction work has started in Farmoor, Stanton Harcourt will commence in December and the Underriver project in Kent is expected to commence in early 2014.

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