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Rutland Telecom plan Rutland to have blanket fibre-broadband coverage
Tuesday 28 June 2011 12:03:46 by John Hunt

Rutland Telecom plan to offer blanket coverage of fibre optic broadband to the county of Rutland in the East Midlands, according to ISPreview. The move follows a deal last week which saw Gigaclear provide a major investment to the company by taking a majority stake in Rutland Telecom. The company had already set foot plans to deliver fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) to the peninsula village of Hambleton, located in the middle of Rutland Water.

"Our vision is to provide fibre to all premises in Rutland using Gigaclear's expertise. The fibre-optic network platform will be independent of BT. Our first FTTH network will be in the rural village of Hambleton and Gigaclear have a close involvement in that deployment.

As a stepping stone to county-wide FTTH we still envisage doing more subloop unbundling (FTTC) deployments but all our cabinets will be future-proofed with fibre patch panels and the backhaul capacity to deliver FTTH in the future."

David Lewis, (Managing Director) Rutland Telecom

No time frame has been given for the deployment, but it is likely to be a staged approach as the company indicate they will still put in fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) technology, but will ensure this is future-proofed to enable upgrades to FTTH later. Rutland Telecom also indicated that the pricing of sub-loop unbundling (SLU) from Openreach which allows operators to deploy their own equipment for FTTC deployments is too high, and this could stymie investment in rural broadband.

Comments

Posted by cyberdoyle over 5 years ago
Well done Rutland. Keep up the good work.
Posted by Somerset over 5 years ago
Only need 1 hour backup!

http://stakeholders.ofcom.org.uk/consultations/superfast-broadband/summary
Posted by Dixinormous over 5 years ago
Good for them, wish them well.
Posted by themanstan over 5 years ago
@Somerset
Note the onus is on customers to maintain the battery. section 1.7 bullet point 3...

Sensible really as the service is effectively live, just the customer needs to ensure they are supplying electrickery to the hardware at their end.
Posted by herdwick over 5 years ago
Forward looking statement. So far one FTTC project with another just going live so hopefully the takeover and funding will up their game.

Demand at http://rutland.dev.oneltd.co.uk/pre-registration/ looks a bit thin.
Posted by wirelesspacman over 5 years ago
The words "major investment" are pretty vague though. Could mean anything from a few thousand up to a few million depending on the perspective of the person making the claim or press release!
Posted by themanstan over 5 years ago
Indeed, Gigaclear are another small company, incorporated in December 2010. So a very, very young company... receiving code powers last month

http://stakeholders.ofcom.org.uk/consultations/gigaclear/statement
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