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Kent broadband project Ultrafast Underriver achieves pledge target

Rural broadband project Ultrafast Underriver has achieved its pledge target, meaning it will be able to start delivering superfast fibre to Kent premises soon. 

The project, which uses Gigaclear’s gigabit fibre broadband technology, will roll out connections to locations south of Sevenoaks, including parts of Seal, Godden Green, Bitchet Green, Stone Street, Ivy Hatch, Shipbourne and Underriver, from which the venture takes its name.  

Ultrafast Underriver was originally due to start in July and be completed by September but more pledges from residents were required before the green light could be given. 

Kent broadband project Ultrafast Underriver achieves pledge target
The light fantastic: Ultrafast Underriver is close to takeoff

Read Recombu Digital’s guide to GigaclearGigaclear will only roll out fibre networks in areas where a minimum level of local interested has been expressed, to guarantee a return on its investment. 

Ultrafast Underriver expects to have detailed rollout plan published by December and hopes to have the first phase completed by May 2014. The second phase will connect more premises in Seal as well as Plaxtol and Ightham.  

People who have not signed up but still want to be included can get involved. Gigaclear charges £95 for a typical installation, with an extra £2.50 or £6.50 charged for every extra meter engineers need to dig through your lawn or hard ground respectively. 

Project leader Mike Clyne said; “This is an exciting day for our communities.  We will soon be at the forefront of digital services not only in Britain but throughout Europe and even around the world.” 

Ultrafast Underriver will provide speeds of up to 1Gbps on an FTTP (Fibre to the Premises) line. The most basic service will cost £37/month and gives you 50Mbps download and upload speeds. 

100Mbps download and upload speeds can be yours for £42/month and if you want double that, £49/month will get you 200Mbps both ways. 

Those after a truly superfast broadband service, 1Gbps download and uploads, will need to fork out £69/month. 

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