Local businesses and residents in north Wiltshire will benefit from ultrafast broadband, a service that provides connection of more than 100Mbps, after contracts were awarded by Wiltshire Council.
The service will be provided following a successful bid by Wiltshire Council for funding of £2m from Broadband Delivery UK and the securing of match funding of £1m from the Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership.
Following a robust procurement process, which saw an invitation to tender launched in November last year, we are pleased to announce that the contract to deliver Ultrafast broadband in the north of the county has been awarded to Gigaclear.
Wiltshire Council cabinet member for broadband, John Thomson, said: “Thousands upon thousands of premises are seeing the benefits of an improved broadband service thanks to our programme, and we’re delighted even more will do so soon. We are committed to providing an improved broadband service to as much as of the county as possible and will continue to look at all opportunities to help us achieve this.”
Paddy Bradley, Director of the Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership (SWLEP) said “The SWLEP is delighted to support the ultrafast broadband project.”
Joe Frost, Business Development Director at Gigaclear, adds: “We’re looking forward to partnering with Wiltshire Council to bring ultrafast broadband to approximately 5,800 homes and businesses in the area. This will revolutionise daily life for so many people in these rural locations with up to 1000mbps for uploads and downloads, putting Wiltshire on the map as one of the best-connected counties in the UK. It also marks a fantastic milestone for Gigaclear as we continue to expand our pure fibre network across the country.”
Work to provide the service will start later this year with more information, including which communities will benefit and detailed timescales, to be announced in due course.