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Gigaclear starts installation of its network for Underriver in Kent

Forget all the hype and attempts to bolster share prices that are a key factor on Gigabit city projects, Gigaclear is getting on with building its full fibre to the premises (FTTP) network in various parts of the UK. The majority of its FTTP access has been in Oxfordshire to date, but after hitting the demand and order targets Underriver in Kent is starting to see their Gigabit network built.

"Ultrafast broadband will have an immediate impact on many of those living and working in the area – from families and would-be home workers to local employers - including agricultural businesses who are now required to make regular online submissions to DEFRA. Ultrafast broadband will be key to the sustainability of the area. I think the biggest impact will be felt in a few years’ time as new, currently unthought-of online services and applications, are developed and higher speeds required. The Underriver network is future-proofed."

Mike Clyne, an Underriver resident

The network when complete should be available to some 2,000 homes and businesses in the Underriver area, which for those who don't know is just south west of Sevenoaks in Kent. The service will allow people to order a 1000 Mbps service if they want, with the install fee kept low by only building in areas with lots of orders, properties passed by the network who do not connect during the main build phase can still connect at a later date but pay slightly more. The investment from Gigaclear is just under £2 million pounds.

"A large part of the success of this project has been down to the support of local residents, and the effective collaboration and information sharing from Kent County Council and Sevenoaks District Council throughout. We look forward to seeing the community reap benefits from the network in the short and long term future."

Matthew Hare, chief executive of Gigaclear

The first part of the roll-out is expected to be complete by early July and will cover Wildernesse Estate, Blackhall Lane, Godden Green and Underriver with subsequent work expanding to Bitchet Green, Stone Street, Ivy Hatch, Plaxtol, Ightham Common and Shipbourne before the end of Summer 2014.


It has taken them two weeks to lay about 250m of ducting which is a plastic pipe about 20cm in diameter. They need to cover ten times this distance just to get to their cabinet.

  • Michael_Chare
  • over 6 years ago

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