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Gigaclear announces 10,000 premises passed milestone in Oxfordshire
Thursday 17 March 2016 18:23:32 by Andrew Ferguson

Oxfordshire saw its first Gigabit premises from Gigaclear back in 2012 in the village of Appleton and the firm has been expanding ever since and now has passed some 10,000 premises, often in areas where people are struggling with sub 5 Mbps connections.

The footprint of 10,000 homes passed may sound small, but it does mean 2.8% of Oxfordshire has Gigaclear as a pure fibre to the premise solution, and has even launched a 5 Gbps product trial aimed at home owners and businesses. Of course Gigaclear is not just in Oxfordshire they cover some 20,000 premises in the counties Berkshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Gloucestershire, Kent, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Oxfordshire, Rutland.


Posted by cyberdoyle 7 months ago
Fantastic! Go Gigaclear, going the extra mile where Openreach fear to tread. Mind you, now you have led the way they will no doubt find some courage and try to overbuild you ;) Keep the faith, you are doing great work. Kudos.
Posted by step4en 7 months ago
From bottom 5% connection speed to top 1% - Aynho, Northamptonshire, now has Gigaclear Ultrafast FTTP Broadband and it cost us nothing - other than an individual connection fee. If a private Company can achieve this - just shows what a mess BT is with its so called 'Fibre' which is actually copper! BT even had the nerve to ask us for £45K to bring fwd a upgrade to there system when they heard Gigaclear would offer service. Gigaclear provides a proper 4th Utility - well done!
Posted by fastman 7 months ago
interesting interpretation as ever
Posted by fastman 7 months ago
thought aynho has been done months ago
Posted by ian72 7 months ago
If this was easily replicable across the whole country then why is no-one doing it? The reason is it isn't so easy, requires a high rate of sign up before work begins and requires the local residents to provide labour to dig the trenches.
It is great what Gigaclear are doing but people really shouldn't kid themselves that it is a model that would work over the whole country.
Posted by andrew (Favicon staff member) 7 months ago
@ian72 People have a choice for crossing their own land, dig it themselves or pay the £100 to £150 (exact figure escapes at the start of the day) to have a firm do it.

Just want to make it clear that locals are not being expected to trench the soft verge for Gigaclear.
Posted by ian72 7 months ago
Ah, sorry, must be getting confused with B4rn.
Posted by WWWombat 7 months ago
Are these premises all self-funded locations, rather than BDUK locations?

If so, they presumably fall within the £1,000 per home self-funded group (reported by Matthew Hare to DCMS), rather than the £1,500 per home cost of the more inclusive BDUK projects.

That difference in cost, also presumably, means they don't include some of the more outlying properties, away from the villages.

Can anyone confirm what the footprint actually includes?
Posted by themanstan 7 months ago
Well done Gigaclear, they have a nice simple commercial model.

They get people to sign-up for the service, if they get 30% penetration they build.

The sign-up to service is legally binding...
Posted by Michael_Chare 7 months ago
@WWWombat3. To quote

The roll-out is almost entirely a result of Gigaclear’s commercial investment, with the company requiring no public subsidy.

Posted by mdar5 7 months ago
The min install charge to dig the cable from the termination point into your house is I believe £100.
However this would only be applicable for very short distances.
In essence users are going to be paying a bespoke cases by case commercially quoted cost for the work. So as well as distance, type of ground etc will affect the quotation.
Posted by mdar5 7 months ago
You are correct on the commercial roll outs:
Houses which are remote from the village and not lucky enough to be on a fibre spine run are not included.
GC are quite happy to include them but seek a significant "contribution" to getting the fibre to these outlying places.
Posted by CarlThomas 7 months ago
Very good stuff, I'm pretty jealous of those who have a super-stable, ultrafast service available to them.

Hopefully urban areas will catch up with rural ones on the FTTP front at some point! :)
Posted by mdar5 7 months ago
I can assure it works 24/7 and speed tests give just over the purchased package speed 24/7.
You need to test uploads against a Dutch server as it seems UK based speed testers cannot handle and accurately test a 100Mbps upload speed!

Pings to are 5 ms.

The one failure due to a contractor wrecking a cable XX miles away was advised to me by text before I even knew it had failed.
Posted by andrew (Favicon staff member) 7 months ago

No problem with uploads over 100 Mbps on our tester.

Posted by Michael_Chare 7 months ago
@mdar5 Try for speed tests. I have seen just over 940 mbps upload speed.
Posted by chilting 7 months ago
The Gigaclear model could work down our long semi-rural lanes that link communities in West Sussex - with the customer paying for the connection from the road. However, I think customers may react badly if they were asked to pay if it was a BDUK funded scheme, even though most could afford the expense. With properties up to a mile from the road connection costs would be high but with many on less than 2Mbps, most would pay.
Posted by ian72 7 months ago
@chilting Have you tried contacting Gigaclear to see if they would roll out to your area?
Posted by betty 7 months ago
Could do with them coming to South Herefordshire
Posted by JacktheMac 7 months ago
Gigaclear are about to install in our village. About 90% of the houses will be connected to the roadside 'pot' for £90 (or completely free if you want to DIY). For a longer drives it's about £2 per metre. No one has had to 'dig any trenches' to get the fibre to or around the village.

After years of sub 4Mbps no-one is complaining about having to pay 90 quid to join up to cheap ultrafast, ultrastable synchronous FTTP. Gigaclear prove that BT are just thiefs.
Posted by chilting 7 months ago
Yes, but the problem is that we have a high proportion of retired folk in the area who are apathetic with regard technology.
Posted by chilting 7 months ago
I wonder how those same people would react if it was public money being used and they were being asked to pay more for the connection?
If this concept of roadside only was accepted I guess that a lot more of the country would get fibre.
Posted by ian72 7 months ago
@chilting That's the problem with the model, it relies on a fairly decent take up. Makes it difficult for a lot of places to make a case as not enough people actually want it.
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