It finally seems that someone is listening! GigaClear have announced that they are planning to invest in the area with a brand new ultra-fast fibre network. Once installed, this will will be capable of delivering 1000Mbs symmetrical broadband services (with telephone) to houses and businesses across the hills.
Once enough orders have been placed they will start the installation process "within 3 months"!
This is an entirely new proposal, to be privately funded (with city investment) and which will be competitively priced in comparison with BT's infinity 'superfast' broadband... However let's make no bones about it: the GigaClear offer is an entirely different animal to BT's failing & antiquated telephone system based 'fibre broadband' - which in reality (for the majority of their customers) is not fibre broadband at all!
Planning & Diversification Advantages
While not all parishes in the hills will be able to take up the offer just yet - the opportunities that this exciting news presents are mind boggling. Most importantly to our clients, it finally means that there is a realistic prospect of converting unused / redundant buildings to viable - eminently letable - business accommodation. In principal, many previously isolated buildings with no former prospect of viable uses (owing to their lack of connectivity) now have a great chance to link into the fastest internet in the entire country.
The onset of UltraFast connectivity could well see a renaissance in the whole area - as businesses wishing to relocate out of towns and cities begin to realise that they can now operate data-heavy business from the idyllic surroundings of the Blackdowns...
Businesses that deal with large amounts of data, particularly the creative sector (games, video and graphics companies for example) will now be able to communicate efficiently and upload their work in seconds rather than hours (or in some cases in the hills; days).
To put the benefits of genuine fibre optic connections in context - a single strand of fibre has the bandwidth (carrying ability) to bear the entire worlds telephone conversations simultaneously... BT's copper-wire network is able to carry just one conversation (and a relatively small amount of data - if you're lucky!)
While the advantages of fibre in the Blackdowns may not be immediately apparent to landowners and householders, the key expression to consider is "future proof". Fibre has far more potential than even 1Gbs connection speeds - in principal it can provide 10Tbs of data bandwidth - meaning that a single fibre could easily support the most incomprehensible amount of data in the future... should it be needed.
Studies suggest that even super-fast connectivity (up to 70Mbs) adds ~3% to the value of a property. Ultra-fast connectivity will, without doubt, add significantly more to that re-valuation... Meaning that the £100 installation fee for a GigaClear connection will represent an return on investment in the order of >50:1 (for the average house in the Blackdowns)... As far as we can see this is a win win situation for everyone...
However, the opportunity requires action by residents:
If you are interested in the opportunities presented by the prospect of Ultra-Fast broadband, please visit:
You then have 3 options:
- Do nothing... you could sit back and wait for others to take action although this will not help the roll-out (not our recommended course of action!)
- Take action If you are 'in' and wish to take up the opportunity - please seriously consider placing an order...
- Remain positive - If you are out of the programme area please do register your interest (as the more interest GigaClear receive, the more likely they are to initiate services in your area in the near future).
If you'd like more information about the technical side of this opportunity, please contact GigaClear directly.
However if you're interested in how this situation might open up new opportunities for your business / property please feel free to drop us a line!