Bournemouth has had a full fibre network in place for sometime, and today another retail provider launches on the network. Gigler are offering Gigabit downloads and 500 Mbps uploads in three packages, and taking a leaf out of the Google Fibre project manual they also offer a Fibre Connect service which for a one-off fee of £250 will get you a basic 5 Mbps service for a three year period.
The three main Gigabit packages, are an 80GB monthly allowance for £25 per month, 250GB for £35 and unlimited is £50 per month. On all three packages there is a £50 install charge, which includes a Gigabit router and the fibre termination unit.
The service is available to 21,000 homes in the Bournemouth area, which is the footprint of the homes passed by the CityFibre service that has seen various ups and downs in the years since its inception. Installation is straight forward for those properties already wired with the CityFibre service, this is confirmed and checked by a site survey at which point the provisional install date will be confirmed, if the fibre is not working or needs to be got the last few metres from the pavement to your property a revised activation date will be issued.
Gigler is not the only provider on the CityFibre network, FibreBand are another and they still have a 60 day free trial promotion running for the first 250 connections since November 2011.
CityFibre is also working on a metro fibre ring in York, with the promise of bringing full fibre to the home to 1 million homes as part of a £500m investment programme.