Gigaclear wins Superfast Essex ‘Rural Challenge’ contract to bring faster broadband to Epping Forest

1st July 2015

Filed Under: Announcements

Essex County Council awards Gigaclear a contract to provide ultrafast broadband at up to 1Gbps to over 4,500 homes and businesses across Epping Forest.
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30th June 2015; Gigaclear, the ultrafast, pure fibre broadband provider, has won the contract to deliver its broadband network, with upload and download speeds of up to 1Gb (1000Mbps), across the north east of Epping Forest District, as part of Superfast Essex’s ‘Rural Challenge Project’. This means that over 4,500 homes and businesses will benefit from Gigaclear’s ultrafast, broadband service with speeds up to 1000x faster than are currently available, and up to 40x faster than the UK average. Construction work for this £7.5 million project will commence in October 2015, with the aim of making the first customers live before Christmas.

This contract will turn some of the most difficult to reach communities across the north east of Epping Forest District into the best-connected broadband areas in the world. For instance with Gigaclear’s ultrafast broadband a three hour feature film can be downloadable in 53 seconds, 23 songs could take1.6 seconds, and 200 photos less than 9 seconds to upload!

This project is the first to be awarded in Essex to an alternative operator rather than BT, under the government-subsidised BDUK programme to bring broadband of at least 24Mbps to 95% of the UK. Gigaclear will invest more than £2 for every £1 of state aid, contributing a £5.5 million investment to transform the online experience for all those living in this area.

Gigaclear’s pure fibre network will put in place an open, new fibre communications infrastructure in parallel to the existing copper network. This reliable, symmetric and ultrafast network provided by Gigaclear will be essential for small businesses and those working in the creative sector to operate at their full potential, and for residents and families to enjoy the full entertainment, work, communications, learning and gaming capabilities provided over the Internet.

Essex County Councillor Kevin Bentley, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Economic Growth, Infrastructure and Waste and Recycling, said: “Today marks another milestone in the journey to make Essex one of the best connected counties in the UK. We look forward to working with Gigaclear on this exciting challenge.”

Councillor Alan Lion, Portfolio Holder responsible for Technology at Epping Forest District Council, said: “I am very pleased that Epping Forest has been selected to pilot the rural challenge project in Essex. Faster broadband speeds means that our residents and businesses based in rural areas of the district will benefit from much better connectivity than currently available and will provide a much more reliable internet service.”

Matthew Hare, Chief Executive of Gigaclear, said: “Fast and reliable broadband is so important today. It enables families to connect and businesses to compete. That’s why we are determined to help communities like those in Epping Forest District – who have not yet been reached by the Superfast Essex programme – have the best possible connections. We’re not simply bringing the broadband here up to date; we’re going to give people living and working in this area the kind of speeds that others in major cities can only dream of.”