Gigaclear has announced it is going to deploy a Fibre to the Premises network in two more small villages in rural Oxfordshire. Fyfield and Tubney have passed the registration level needed for the company to build its network, which is the area should cover 400 properties and at least one third show an interest in buying a connection.
"We are seeing growing demand for ultrafast all fibre optic broadband from rural communities across Oxfordshire and, indeed, the UK. Expectations are justifiably high so we work closely with residents and businesses to ensure the process is a simple one and benefits are realised. For residents, benefits might include the chance to increase their free time, reduce the need to commute, and save money through internet telephony, and Internet based film and music services. For businesses or home workers ultrafast broadband can be transformational. Overall the whole community benefits from better broadband."Gigaclear, chief executive, Matthew Hare
The local parish council website has more detail for those living in the area, or for the curious to see how the service is being achieved. The network will use an existing Cable & Wireless fibre for the backhaul link, showing once again that even in areas where Openreach has not rolled out its fibre network, there are often opportunities to use other fibre backbones.
Prices are believed to be the same as Appleton, and while 10 Mbps for £37 per month seems expensive, remember the 10 Mbps is the symmetric reserved speed, so unless the villages are full of speed freaks people should see their connection bursting well in excess of this a lot of the time.
The project should be completed in around three months and adds another pin to the fibre map of the UK, raising the question that if the commercial market had been left alone and no spending by the BDUK had ever been proposed back as far as 2009, would more commercial operators have sprung up to serve the needs of rural communities?