Gigaclear Breaks Ground on FTTH Network in the UK

  • FTTH
  • Gigaclear
HAMBLETON, UK - While British incumbent BT upgrades its telecom network with all deliberate speed, a number of small communities have taken matters into their own hands and embarked on do-it-yourself projects of various kinds. A new FTTH operator, Gigaclear, has now started laying fiber in Hambleton village, Rutland, to build an FTTH network financed by a group of local investors. The company says a fast-paced construction schedule is in place, with the first customers connecting in early October and the entire project complete by mid-October. The equipment will support Internet speeds up to 1 Gbps.

The network will be built and managed by Gigaclear and the service provider will be Rutland Telecom, the local independent telco. Initial offerings will include Internet access up to 50 Mbps and IP telephony.

Hambleton is the first community Gigaclear is working with as part of its plan to build an extensive FTTH network across the country. The company's business model is to use long-term loans from local investors secured against the network, so that investors reap a triple benefit: a financial return, a stronger sense of community, and an ultrafast Internet experience.

Matthew Hare, CEO of Gigaclear, explains, "Our focus is national and targeted in areas where there is a high demand for secure, high-quality connections." He adds, "Gigaclear in Hambleton clearly shows that it is possible to deliver FTTH in rural areas, and it can be delivered now."

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