Gigaclear and Hambleton are evidence that those in an area where enough people want fibre and are willing to pay for it that it is possible, and in a timescale that is much shorter than the current BDUK schemes. This Saturday will see GigaClear and Rutland Telecom celebrate the delivery of the network with a party in the fibre village.
Hambleton with its small population and unusual geographic location on a penisula in Rutland Water may appear to be unique, but there are many similar small villages around the UK, though how many will be able to raise £250,000 of private investment is another matter.
For our small and beautiful County it is essential that we offer excellent internet services for tourists and business visitors. These are discerning consumers who demand more from online services and technology.
Now, in 2011 we have two excellent hospitality businesses in Hambleton leading the way for Rutland in providing fibre-optic internet services to their customers.
We are seeing significant resources coming in to Rutland from private enterprise in terms of investment, technology, and service innovation. I look forward to seeing more examples of this entrepeneurial spirit throughout the County.Ed Burrows, Chairman of Discover Rutland
Rutland Telecom has delivered a fibre to the home network capable of delivering 1 Gbps (Giga bit per second), though it is not clear if a Gigabit service can be purchased, a table of the packages currently on offer is below:
|Package||Download Speed||Upload Speed||Allowance||Price per month|
|Residential||50 Mbps||5 Mbps||100 GB||£50 (inc VAT)|
|Silver Surfer||10 Mbps||1 Mbps||25 GB||£35 (inc VAT)|
|Business||50Mbps||50Mbps||unlimited - subject to FUP||£100 plus VAT|
Residents of Hambleton have been woefully underserved with respect to broadband to date, so while many of us will look at the usage limits and costs and complain they are inadequate, the extra speed will transform their internet experience. Hopefully those paying for the service will realise how quick they can burn through the allowance, 25GB can be used up by renting around 4 High Definition videos (XBox and PS3 video stores offer HD videos at around 8 GB file size). The 100GB allowance on the main product is significantly higher than the average that other fast broadband services like Virgin Media report people using.
Update Wednesday 26th October 17:30 We have added the actual package information now it has been released by Rutland Telecom. The main feature being usage allowances are higher than we previously listed.