Community chooses Openreach and raises £15,000 of gap funding
ISPreview spotted an interesting situation, where a village that has just entered the demand led registration scheme for Gigaclear Gigabit FTTP has actually chosen to pay Openreach to bring superfast fibre based services to the village of some 120 homes.
The village website includes some more detail, and that among the 120 households the target of £14,800 was raised in under four weeks. An October newsletter reveals that the figure needed would have risen to £47,000 if the contract had not been signed quickly, since there are efficiency savings if the village is enabled at the same time as existing plans for Medbourne where the actual exchange is based.
We believe the roll-out is an FTTC based one which should be available in the 2nd quarter of 2015, and the wording from the newsletters suggests that the ability to choose from various retail providers was a key driver for some and also the worry that across the Gigaclear demand area that the 35% registration level would not be reached and it might therefore be 2017 before they see improvements.
"After the open Market Review in May 2014 Northamptonshire County Council granted Gigaclear permission to provide FTTP (Fibre to the Premises) to Ashley and other Northamptonshire Villages in the Welland Valley on a commercial basis. That decision precluded us from getting any money from NCC to fund the funding gap of £14,800 which we are presently trying to raise so that BT’s OpenReach can provide our entire village with FTTC (Fibre to the Cabinet) superfast broadband."
That decision by NCC gave Gigaclear a 3 year window of opportunity for them to secure the 35% interest that they require to make a viable installation in the Northamptonshire part of the Welland Valley.
We understand that Gigaclear will be dropping their sales and marketing literature through both our doors and other Northamptonshire villages in the WVBG to ascertain whether they can secure that 35% interest. If that level of interest was achieved and if residents wanted the services of Gigaclear after they had laid cables through the village, a connection fee of £100 would be payable by each resident requiring the service then an optional minimum of £95 to connect the service to our property depending on the distance our houses are from Gigaclear’s street connection points
If they fail to secure the 35% level of interest needed, they will at some point during their 3 year period of opportunity inform NCC of this. When that decision would be made is uncertain but once taken it would then trigger another Open Market Review by NCC.Extract from Ashley October Broadband Update
The village appears to be ideal for a FTTC roll-out, as it appears the cabinet is centrally located and every premise served by it is within 500m so should get very good speeds of more than ten times the current 3 to 4 Mbps they experience.