The competition for our broadband subscriptions is increasing and while many in rural areas are frustrated by the lack of visible progress by their local authority/BDUK projects the smaller providers either independent of any council founding or with small amounts of funding are starting to make a difference across the UK.
ISPreview spotted an item in ThisIsKent which has Call Flow Solutions now competing for customers against the demand led scheme of Gigaclear in Godden Green, Underriver, Bitchet Green, Stone Street, Ivy Hatch, Shipbourne and part of Seal (close to Sevenoaks, Kent). Call Flow Solutions has already deployed a fixed wireless broadband service nearby and is now expanding to cover most of Ightham, Ightham Common, Plaxtol, Ivy Hatch and parts of Seal and Sevenoaks.
Gigaclear is offering a full fibre to the home (FTTH/FTTP) platform, which starts at £37 for the 10 Mbps service bursting to Gigabit service. Gigaclear only installs its fibre network once registration levels for an area have been reached, with this sitting around the 90% of the 190 target needed currently. To help people understand what Gigaclear offer there is a Q&A session in Underriver Village Hall on 26th January (10:30am or 1:30pm).
Call Flow Solutions offers a cheaper service, starting at £8.99 for an up to 5 Mbps (5GB allowance) service rising to £22.99 for the unlimited up to 20 Mbps service. As with many fixed wireless solutions the speed will vary according to the topography and visibility of the central radio mast.
With two very different options on offer it will be interesting to see how things develop, with residents in this area that is to east of the main part of Sevenoaks which has a fair amount of FTTC coverage (no Virgin Media cable broadband) there may enough latent demand for both solutions that is future proof and for something that is cheaper to install, but still boosts speeds beyond the below UK average speeds that the area appears to currently have.