MP backs investment in West Oxfordshire’s digital economy

23rd April 2018

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Robert Courts MP visits site of ultrafast full fibre broadband installation Witney and West Oxfordshire MP, Robert Courts, has visited […]

Robert Courts MP visits site of ultrafast full fibre broadband installation

Witney and West Oxfordshire MP, Robert Courts, has visited one of the West Oxfordshire sites where rural broadband specialist, Gigaclear, has been laying fibre cables in its bid to futureproof the area’s digital economy.

Robert met with Gigaclear’s Chief Executive, Matthew Hare and its Regulatory & Public Policy Lead, James Fredrickson, to discuss the community benefits and current build schedule, which is on track to connect over 10,000 homes and businesses across the District to ultrafast broadband by the end of 2019.

Commenting on the build, Robert Courts MP said: “It’s exciting to visit a project of this kind and see the progress that has been made to date. I have already seen the benefits that this world-class technology provides and am delighted that West Oxfordshire will be at the forefront of digital connectivity. I fully support initiatives that improve our communities and support local residents and businesses. Full Fibre broadband will encourage future growth in the area.”

Two projects are currently underway, which will enable both homes and businesses in the area to access speeds of up to 1Gbps (1,000Mbps). The first project is jointly funded by West Oxfordshire District Council (WODC), Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) and Gigaclear. A second commercial project by Gigaclear will further expand its footprint, and ensure additional properties in the district can access Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) technology.

Matthew Hare, Chief Executive of Gigaclear added: “We’ve really enjoyed discussing the project with Mr Courts and are pleased to receive such strong support in our home county. We have already built infrastructure in Oxfordshire that covers over 8,700 properties in 29 communities, so to expand this with BDUK and West Oxfordshire District Council is fantastic.”

The full fibre technology will offer rural communities an alternative to the current ageing copper wire based networks, which are unable to support the increasing demands of technology and the needs of consumers for both work and play.

William Barton, Business Development Officer for WODC concluded: “Ultrafast broadband is now essential to everyday life, so having access to a full fibre network will benefit people across the District. West Oxfordshire has a reputation for innovation, and it’s important we invest in the infrastructure to not only support this, but to entice other businesses to join the local area.”