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Gigaclear fibres up rural Oxfordshire

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Residents of the well-to-do village of Appleton, about five miles outside Oxford, will from next week start enjoying broadband speeds at close to 1Gbps supplied by Gigaclear, a fibre network start-up that last year fibred up the Rutland village of Hambleton.

Despite its proximity to Oxford, Appleton has turned to Gigaclear rather than wait for BT or the BDUK process to deliver next generation broadband. Buyer remorse was clearly absent among the visitors to the open day Gigaclear held in the village hall yesterday. Those from neighbouring villages, who dropped in to see what the fuss was about, seemed equally impressed.

Gigaclear CEO Matthew Hare said it is company policy to avoid BT infrastructure. This is because BT’s terms and conditions contain a 90-day cancellation clause. “You can’t operate a (network) business with that hanging over your head,” Hare says.

He welcomed BT Retail if it wanted to sell its services over the Gigaclear infrastructure. His business model is simply to provide connectivity; all services, such as telephony, internet TV, etc are supplied by third parties.


Written by Br0kenTeleph0n3

2012/09/09 at 18:00

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  1. Power to the people. Altnets are going to be the future. Well done gigaclear.


    2012/09/09 at 18:49

  2. Altnets need to be able to cover more than ‘well-to-do’ areas like Appleton, Hambleton and Ashby de la Launde if they are to help the rest of us.

    Interesting to see what’s needed to get their service –

    Is there any connection with Cotswold Broadband, also based in Chipping Campden?


    2012/09/09 at 18:57

    • I’m not sure why you think altnets need behave differently to BT and Virgin Media, who also pick the low hanging fruit first, The difference is that BT and VM choose to be driven by their costs rather than their customers’ ability to pay. Sky has done alright taking the latter view. MOral is, give people what they want, and they’ll find a way to afford it.

      Ian Grant

      2012/09/09 at 20:58

      • Yes, I agree, if the product is there to buy. Its just that the altnets are doing what the incumbents can’t be bothered with, and doing it properly, with real fibre, not ‘fibre based copper’.


        2012/09/09 at 21:18

      • One incumbent with fibre – Clearly fibre is they way forward for new builds and starting to happen, but it’s taken a while to define standards etc. BT is hampered by having to accommodate multiple voice and broadband suppliers and standby power.

        ‘Give people what they want’, but in this case they presumably want something faster than they currently get and FTTP is a technical solution that fits.

        I’m still trying to understand your continual condemnation of a solution most of the population will be able to buy now or soon where there is little evidence from professionals that it will be inadequate for the foreseeable future for many people. Downloading an HD movie in 30s that takes 2 hours to watch does not seem compelling and smart metering has already been ruled out as needing fast connections.

        Look at Streetview, Appleton is a seriously smart village!


        2012/09/09 at 22:34

    • Cotswolds Broadband is based in Chipping Norton. Gigaclear has its registered office in the same town, but there is no connection other than that we are doing similar things with different financial models. See for the full picture.

  3. Reblogged this on ytd2525.


    2012/09/09 at 19:01

    • “Downloading an HD movie in 30s that takes 2 hours to watch does not seem compelling”.

      That’s like saying it’s OK if it takes an hour to download an album.
      After all It takes that long to listen to it.


      2012/09/14 at 14:12

      • Not if you can start watching as soon as it starts downloading, like iPlayer. But download speed needs to be greater than ‘watching speed’.


        2012/09/14 at 14:30

      • And upload speeds should also be a damn sight faster than they are at present. Symmetry should be standard, and as videophoning (aka Skyping) becomes the norm, will need to be, and telcos can forget about differentiated tariffing if they want customer loyalty.

        Ian Grant

        2012/09/14 at 15:09

  4. Using HD Streamed content delivery as a benchmark is of course critical for Operators who wish to drive revenue from it. Personally, I would prefer to be able to download the file though, so I can take it with me. Watch on a train, plane or maybe in a rural area when I want.

    It’s worth keeping an eye on other uses though, Social Media videos are ramping up in quality dramatically!
    Now 4K looks like it is heading to Mobile phones, files will be getting bigger. Much bigger and they will be shared.

    People are already uploading 4k to youtube.

    Broadband is not just for watching Eastenders on Catchup.


    2012/09/14 at 17:22

    • What speed does 4K need?


      2012/09/14 at 20:35

      • Upload or download?

        Ian Grant

        2012/09/14 at 20:35

      • Real time viewing.


        2012/09/14 at 21:09

      • 6.63/0.34Mbps It was OK, but there was buffering.

        Ian Grant

        2012/09/14 at 21:19

      • This can’t be 4k, can it? Current HD from Freeview uses about 10M, satellite more.


        2012/09/14 at 21:42

      • 1920×1080 Standard HD
        3840×2160 4K (UHDTV – 4x Resolution).

        To watch HD in Youtube you need to click the little settings Icon and select what res. Select Original.
        Around 500Mb per 2min of video.


        2012/09/15 at 14:19

      • You may be missing the point, what speed connection is needed to watch a true 4k video? Current HD is 10M so more than that, more than x4 as frame rate is higher and also need to take account of compression system.


        2012/09/17 at 14:52

  5. […] comparison, rural fibre network operator Gigaclear offers a guaranteed 10Mbps symmetrical installation, bursting to 1Gbps, for £100, which includes […]

  6. It is a shame that the promised “service going live” estimated time came and went nearly a month ago and still no one in Appleton has a Gigaclear internet connection up and running plus little or no explanation as to why this is the case!

    Dave Johnson

    2012/09/30 at 11:25

  7. […] is hoping to contract Gigaclear to provide a 1Gbps fibre to the home (FTTH) service to homes in its area. They are unlikely to get >2Mbps via BT ever, […]

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