Gigaclear has announced that Seven Springs in Cockleford will be the first to benefit from Fastershire’s phase 2 broadband rollout in the Cotswolds. The Cockleford network will include the communities of Seven Springs, Coberley, Upper Coberley, Cowley, Stockwell, Elkstone and Colesbourne
Gigaclear will provide ultrafast pure fibre broadband to approximately 6,500 homes and businesses across the Cotswolds by the end of 2017 as part of the Fastershire phase 2 contract, awarded to Gigaclear in June 2015.
Matthew Hare, Chief Executive of Gigaclear, said: “We’re delighted to be able to reveal that Seven Springs in Cockleford is to be the first community in the Cotswolds to benefit from our ultrafast pure fibre broadband.
“This will give homes and businesses in the area a world-leading internet connection with speeds up to 40 times faster for downloads, and up to 300 times faster for uploads than the UK average. Working with local communities, landowners and the county council, we aim to minimise the impact on the local environment during the construction stage while we install this future proofed, new telecommunications network.”
The installation of Gigaclear’s FTTP system will begin with Seven Springs in October, and then extending to all other areas within the project area; giving upload and download speeds to connected residents and businesses of up to 1Gbps by Christmas. Coberley, Upper Coberley, Cowley, Stockwell, Cockleford, Elkstone and Colesbourne are also set to benefit once the rollout is complete for the first phase, during the first quarter of 2016.
Cllr Mark Hawthorne, leader of Gloucestershire County Council, said: “Some of the county’s most isolated and difficult to reach areas will benefit from Fastershire’s new rollout in the Cotswolds. We know that residents are increasingly eager to see details on when they may be upgraded so I’m delighted to now publish the full list of premises included in the rollout.”
The full list of all premises included in Fastershire’s phase 2 broadband rollout in the Cotswolds is now available at www.fastershire.com/phasetwo
A full schedule for the delivery including the expected timeframe for all communities within the plans will be published later in September, available on the Gigaclear website.
As part of the rollout, Fastershire and Gigaclear will hold local events in advance of engineering works to provide relevant information and give residents the opportunity to have their project and broadband questions answered. The local community events will be held on 29th and 30th September at Brimpsfield and Elkstone Village Halls respectively, both starting at 7.30pm.