Gigaclear has secured £3m of funding from the Fastershire Superfast Extension Programme (BDUK phase two) which when added to the £7m of investment from Gigaclear itself will provide Gigabit FTTP to some 6,495 homes and businesses in the Cotswolds.
"The announcement that 6,495 homes in some of the harder to reach areas of The Cotswolds will receive a good broadband service sounds like wonderful news. During the election I campaigned on the theme that I would work to deliver a good broadband service for most people in The Cotswolds. This announcement looks like it will go a long way to fulfil that pledge."Geoffrey Clifton Brown, MP for the Cotswolds
This means that while BT won all the main phase one BDUK contracts, they cannot win all the phase two ones, since Gigaclear has broken the run.
"What was refreshing about this tender was the identification of the specific addresses of the 6,495 properties that the contract sought to serve. This clarity gave us the confidence to offer our Gigabit fibre broadband service to every single property in the tender."Matthew Hare, CEO of Gigaclear
The provision of FTTP with the option to buy a Gigabit connection should mean that those in the communities of Guiting Power, Chedworth, Whelford, Bibury and Icomb that will benefit should have a pretty future proof connection once the roll-out completes in 2017.