UK fibre operator Gigaclear wins FTTH Council Europe Award
The annual FTTH Conference 2018 is underway in Valencia and each year a number of awards are given by the FTTH Council Europe and this year Gigaclear has gained recognition for its work in bringing full fibre to rural areas with Matthew Hare CEO accepting the award, the other award goes to Open Fiber who operate in Italy delivering a wholesale full fibre network.
It is an honour to be recognised by such an influential industry body. Since 2010, we have been delivering on our quest to connect some of the UK’s hardest to reach communities to reliable, ultrafast broadband. Every day, we see the difference having a reliable internet connection can make to people’s lives and we remain committed to closing the digital divide, ensuring we put an end to rural isolation. This is just the beginning. There is a lot more we aim to achieve with our fibre networks.Matthew Hare, Gigaclear CEO on receiving FTTH Council Europe Award
One thing often overlooked is that the UK is currently running an outside in approach to full fibre, i.e. proportionally rural properties are more likely to have access to full fibre. Once the promised roll-outs from CityFibre, TalkTalk and Vodafone take place that may change. The three million full fibre premises from Openreach is set to take their rural FTTP coverage to 700,000 in theory, where Gigaclear is the largest commercial competitor.