Gigaclear races past 10,000 premises passed mark
The Gigaclear Gigabit FTTH roll-out has reached an important milestone of having passed 10,000 premises (i.e. fibre rolled out to a pot on the edge of home or business) and is reporting take-up averaging out at 40% across the 36 communities in some 5 different counties where the service is available.
"We have made fantastic progress this year already delivering ultrafast broadband to more than twice the number of properties than we did last year. The additional networks currently in construction and our significant pipeline of new networks clearly demonstrates the huge level of demand in rural areas for the unique service Gigaclear provides. The FTTP technology we deploy is more scalable than any other broadband infrastructure, future proofing these areas of the UK."Chief Executive of Gigaclear, Matthew Hare/div>
The take-up levels eclipse most of the published take-up data for Openreach superfast services but this may in part be down to the locations where Gigaclear is delivering service which tend to be the slower areas and with the level of community engagement in the demand led roll-out areas awareness of the new service will also be extremely high, plus it is hard to not notice a FTTH roll-out in an area with its attendant construction work and it is likely that even if Gigaclear was just offering a 50 Mbps solution take-up would be similar as people are looking for anything that is better than the nothing or 4 Mbps they currently receive.