Ultrafast broadband for rural Herefordshire
24th April, 2017
Over 8,000 homes and businesses will see major investment in a new full fibre network across Herefordshire resulting in some of the fastest broadband speeds in the country.
Herefordshire Council has now signed a contract with Gigaclear to deliver phase 2 of the Fastershire project. Gigaclear specialises in connecting rural communities by installing pure fibre straight into the home which offers a future-proof solution and broadband speeds of up to 1000Mbps. This will enable some of the hardest to reach homes and businesses across the county to have access to ultrafast broadband under phase 2 of the Fastershire rollout.
This new rollout will build on what has already been achieved in phase 1 of the project, with over 30,000 premises in the county now able to access a superfast broadband service. As part of the national government and Herefordshire Council funding, this new deployment aims to support the economic vitality and sustain thriving communities across the county and is in addition to BT’s delivery of fibre broadband in more urban areas.
Leader of Herefordshire Council, Cllr Tony Johnson, said: “This is a major step forward, not only will more communities and businesses have access to fast and reliable internet, but Fastershire is starting to lead the UK in the rollout of full fibre. We’re committed to ensuring that Herefordshire has a broadband network that will benefit the county for many years to come.”
Joe Frost from Gigaclear said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with Herefordshire Council, connecting more than 8,000 additional homes and businesses to our ultrafast pure fibre network. Work is due to start this summer and there is no doubt that this will continue to be socially and economically transformative for the most isolated, rural areas of Herefordshire.”
Fastershire has a further contract to award to cover Hereford city and is expected to be announced in June.