Prior to 2012 the UK never featured on FTTH/FTTB statistics, but as companies and community groups across the UK start to connect properties and service IP traffic over the links this should be changing.
Today sees Gigaclear running a demonstration of their FTTP service at the Appleton Village Hall, that ran from 10am to 12:30. The purpose being to demonstrate what is possible with a connection that can run at up to 1000 Mbps, and answer all important questions from those households about to be connected. We understand that the first properties are live with the service, so this is not just a demonstration link installed but the delivery of service that should see 400 properties hooked up to the full fibre solution.
Gigaclear installs to the boundary of every property of the communities it operates in, and then the choice of how to connect is up to the householder, the basic connection fee of £100 covers the Fibre router and up to 50m of drop fibre. The home owner can trench this in themselves, pay a third party (e.g. www.boxcomngn.net £85 for up to 25m) or alternatively get Gigaclear to install this final drop of up to 50m which costs £500.
|Symmetric Reserved Speed||Burst speed||Monthly Price|
|10 Mbps||1000 Mbps||£37|
|20 Mbps||1000 Mbps||£62|
|30 Mbps||1000 Mbps||£82|
|40 Mbps||1000 Mbps||£97|
|50 Mbps||1000 Mbps||£112|
|100 Mbps||1000 Mbps||£195|
The pricing may seem expensive, but when you consider there is no requirement to retain a PSTN telephone line to have this service (saving of £8 to 15 a month), and if happy with no battery backup during power failures the service can replace telephone services by utilising VoIP. Also the concept of buying reserved bandwidth with burst options, is how most interconnects and hosting services operate, and if one were to describe most ADSL/ADSL2+ services in this manner we would be quoting speeds of 0.05 to 0.15 Mbps bursting to line speed, where only 10% exceed a line speed of 16 Mbps.
Appleton is located a few miles south west of Oxford, and was a well known not/slow spot, and also appears to suffer intermittent mobile coverage. So even if someone purchases the 10 Mbps service, they will be impressed with the world of opportunity this opens up, and with a Gigabit of burst speed you do not need long to download a 4GB HD movie, just 32 seconds.
The fastest country in Europe will not be an overnight transformation, but projects like this are part of the puzzle.
Update 4pm: www.appletonbroadband.co.uk/home is a dedicated site for residents of Appleton wanting to know more about the available service.