Gigaclear fibres up rural Oxfordshire
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.