Another part of the UK is set to benefit from a full fibre service, this time Gigaclear is rolling out a FTTP (Fibre to the Premises) Gigabit capable network to some four hundred homes and business in the Appleton and Eaton area of Oxfordshire.
The basic service will cost £37 a month, and carry a connection fee of £100, and a typical installation charge of £85. The £37 service will have 10 Mbps of capacity reserved for each customer, with the ability to burst up to Gigabit depending on the level of contention on the network. A 50 Mbps service with burst to Gigabit will cost £112 a month, and as with the other services speeds are symmetrical.
While we can foresee a lot of people saying why bother with fibre if you are only going to get 10 Mbps, this low figure should represent the guaranteed throughput, and represents how capacity in data centres has been sold for many years, i.e. you buy a sustained speed, and consider anything above this as a bonus. If you were to express most existing ADSL/ADSL2+ services in a similar manner it would be 0.1 Mbps with the ability to burst to connection speed depending on contention levels.
120 properties have committed to the new network, which means network construction will start in July, with the first customers connected in August.