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Gigaclear Ultrafast Fibre Broadband
***** A meeting for everyone interested in their service has been organised in Chalford Village Hall on Wednesday 4th may at 7:30pm. If you have any questions or doubts about the value of the service, please go along and ask them directly ******
If you want quick answers, their FAQ's page is here
A company called Gigaclear are currently in the area canvassing for rural fibre broadband. This is real broadband; the type that BT should be installing throughout the county, but won't.
It is a technology called Fibre to the Premises - FTTP - not as BT are installing, Fibre to the Cabinet (the exchange in our village, as we are on an EO - Exchange Only - connection), then telephone wire to your house. You get fibre broadband directly into your home at literally the speed of light. It is not routed through a crackly 30-year-old copper cable.
Copper telephone cables are 100-year-old technology and were perfectly good for what they were designed for – telephone calls. Fibre broadband is 21st century technology and is recognised in most of the world as the way forward. We have the opportunity to join them, here in Bisley.
In 10 years' time, a fibre optic connection to your house will be as common as an electricity or water supply; all your digital services, internet, TV, phone and whatever the future brings will all be delivered by it.
What is the benefit? Speed and reliability.
Bt haven’t given a guaranteed speed yet but in Bussage it is 18Mbps to 26Mbps download with an upload of around 6M to 8Mb. (Mega bits per second)
Gigaclear offer a starting speed of 50Mbps down & 50Mbps up. This is a guaranteed speed to your premises: not a best guess, nor a theoretical possibility as offered by any ISP using copper cable.
Their best package offers 1,000 Mbps down & 1,000 Mbps up. You’ll pay more but it’s worth more. Not everyone will need this of course, but you'll have the choice.
For the best theoretical speed BT will offer you’ll need to live within 200m of the exchange - The longer the copper cable from the exchange to your house the slower your broadband will become as copper cable has a resistance which causes a voltage drop over distance. The longer the line, the less voltage – internet speed – you’ll get. Fibre uses the speed of light, which is constant. It is boosted at set distances to be sure it is constantly repeated.
Fibre optic cable is typically shielded much better so it is also more reliable – the wind and rain can’t get in.
You can find full details and sign up on their website here. Do the research and make up your own mind. To me it’s win win!
These are my views: I don’t work for Gigaclear, nor am I on any commission or freebie package, I just want the best available internet access for the village. Many years ago I ran the original campaign to get the first broadband into the village. It would be nice to help get the last one we need too.