ABINGDON, UK – Voneus has announced it is partnering with Gigaclear to accelerate the adoption of ultrafast broadband services in rural communities across the UK. The partnership sees Voneus become a Gigaclear Retail Services Provider (RSP), offering residential and business customers a wide range of broadband services over Gigaclear’s fibre network, with the ability to deliver ultrafast with speeds of up to 1,000Mb/s (1 Gb/s).
The UK government has delivered on its manifesto commitment to extend superfast broadband to 95 per cent of homes by the end of 2017, according to Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) secretary of state Matt Hancock.
One of the UK’s major construction companies, Carillion, has been forced to enter liquidation. The move comes following unsuccessful talks with potential lenders and government to try to rescue the business, which provides services to the defence, education, health and transport sectors. Alongside its partner telent, Carillion is also a supplier to two big name firms in building out broadband.
Gigaclear has purchased the assets of troubled rural broadband provider Aylesbury Vale Broadband Ltd (AVB). The sale was agreed by the majority shareholder Aylesbury Vale District Council (AVDC) at a meeting of its General Purposes Committee on 20 November 2017.
Irate broadband infrastructure firms have lashed out at a bizarre ruling from the UK’s advertising watchdog that will allow service providers to continue to use the word ‘fibre’ in their commercials, even when the connection to the home is not an optical fibre.
“Frankly, using this ruling I can now start calling my mobile phone a fibre phone because the delivery to my phone is over part fibre! It’s patently idiotic,” fumed Matthew Hare, chief executive of rural broadband provider Gigaclear.
ABINGDON, UK – Rural broadband specialist Gigaclear has awarded Carillion telent a contract to bring ultrafast full fibre broadband to more than 80,000 properties in some of the most rural parts of South West England.
The work will start immediately, with the first customers coming on stream early in 2018 and the full roll out complete by the end of 2019. Gigaclear’s network will give homes and businesses in the area access to speeds of up to 1Gbps (1,000Mbps), where previously they have struggled with speeds as low as 1Mbps.
Britain has a reputation as a backwater when it comes to fibre-optic broadband connections that reach directly into consumer’s homes. Currently, only two per cent of households in the country have access to full fibre connections. But that looks set to change. This summer, some £500 million of equity and new debt have been invested in alternative network providers in the UK.
The UK Government has described how it plans to spend the £400 million investment aimed at bringing bring ‘full fibre’ connections – installing fibre-optic cables to individual properties – to two million more homes across the country.
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