Gigaclear secured £3.1 m to roll out of FTTP broadband in Essex UK

A second contract of £3.1 million worth has been given to Gigaclear by the Essex Country Council recently for the extension of Phase 4a Superfast Essex Programme. The contract is for the deployment of FTTP 1 Gbps capable network to include additional 2100 rural premises in the Epping Forest District.

At present, the Essex council has 93% coverage of 30 Mbps+ superfast fibre broadband (FTTC (VDSL2) network mostly & a small portion of FTTP). The coverage has benefited 106000 premises under this programme and will be expected to cover 149400 premises by March 2020 excluding additions in Phase 4a, which is totalling to 154600. Hence it is expected to reach around 97% of superfast broadband coverage by December 2019 and by 2021 the council desire to reach 100%. Recently Openreach has secured a first contract under Phase 4a and they will roll out FTTC/P fibre broadband to reach an extra 1500 premises in Basildon & 1600 in Braintree.

In the meantime, Gigaclear has completed recently Phase 2b of Rural Challenge Project to cover 4545 premises with the roll out of 1 Gbps full fibre network in the Epping Forest area. And the current project of Phase 4a contract shows as extension of the deployment and is expected to get over by December 2019.

ECC Chairman of the Superfast Essex Steering Board – Lesley Wagland said that the council has successfully introduced and completed the Rural Challenge Project as a new way to cover rural communities with Gigaclear’s ultrafast full fibre network connectivity. And now they are pleased to provide Gigaclear for extension of their network in the Epping Foresh Area with a new contract.

CEO of Gigaclear – Mike Surrey said that they look forward to continue their deployment under additional contract and to work closely with Essex Highways and the team of Superfast Essex Programme. Upon completing these projects, Gigaclear’s investment will be around £35M in Essex county. They will execute their work in innovative methods to delivery the project without much disruption.

An investment of £350000 by Epping Forest District Council, equal funding from UK Government along with savings from existing projects and around £2 m funding from Gigaclear will help to execute the additional work. In Essex more public funding is available which would help in future further contracts.

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