Gigaclear has picked up another deal with a phase 2 BDUK project, this time Berkshire. At this time know very little about the deal other than INCA sent out a press release telling the world.
"Whilst most of the government’s rural broadband funding has gone to BT, some local authorities like Berkshire are looking at what the alternative providers can offer. Those that do find that the independents are flexible, offer great value for money and are focused on delivering fantastic services for local communities. Gigaclear is an excellent example and in villages benefiting from their all-fibre gigabit infrastructure people talk about the transformation in their lives from the ‘digital dark ages’ BG (Before Gigaclear) to the new world of gigabit broadband AG - After Gigaclear."Extract from INCA press release
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While we do not know the number of premises involved and value of the deal in terms of likely premises to be covered has been provided yet, based on the current phase 1 roll-out position the area most likely to benefit would be in the rural parts of the Newbury constituency which is the largest constituency in terms of land mass in the county.
Saturday 4th July The council press release has been made public providing a lot more detail, namely the Gigaclear roll-out will cover 11,700 premises across West Berkshire with Gigabit FTTP/FTTH. Additionally Call Flow Solutions will provide a FTTC based service from eleven new cabinets on the Windsor, Maidenhead, Burchett's Green and Horton exchanges bringing superfast to another 1,750 premises.
Timescale wise work by Gigaclear is expected to start in November 2015 and complete in the middle of 2017. The combination of the commercial roll-outs, phase 1 and these phase 2 projects means 99% of premises in West Berkshire will have access to superfast and it will have around 60% coverage at ultra-fast speeds (100 Mbps or faster). The Gigaclear gigabit network is worth around 15 to 20% in terms of coverage and if all the talk about the benefits of FTTH are realised the parts of West Berkshire should be on course for a massive boost in their local economy.
In terms of the money being spent, West Berkshire has got a very good deal from Gigaclear as £3.7m of public money is overwhelmed by £16m from Gigaclear, suggesting a premises passed cost of £1684. The FTTC work by CallFlow will be funded by £415,000 of public money and £120,000 from Call Flow, giving a figure of £48636 per cabinet or £305 per premise passed.