Gigaclear have been named as “Most Innovative Provider” in the Broadband Genie Home Broadband Survey 2014, conducted in association with PC Advisor magazine.
There has been a lot of interest in our project since the announcement of Gigaclear as the successful bidder to build and operate the network.
The Northmoor, Moreton and Bablockhythe community broadband team is delighted to announce that the the competitive procurement process run on our behalf by West Oxfordshire District Council has selected Gigaclear to build and operate our network.
The decision was arrived at through an in-depth tendering process and we were very pleased to have several credible bids to consider, proposing a number of different technical solutions.
The Gigaclear network will provide direct fibre connection to every single one of the 521 premises in the community, giving residents true next-generation superfast connections to the internet. Equally important is the affordability of the service, with tariffs starting from £23 a month.
All this is possible due to grant support from the Rural Community Broadband Fund, administered by DEFRA.
Press release from West Oxfordshire District Council:
Press release from Gigaclear:
It’s been a long, hard road and 18 months of mind snapping paperwork but we have secured £200,287 in grant funding from the Rural Community Broadband Fund – part of DEFRA. This will be match funded by the winner of the procurement process.
What does this mean for the project? It means we’ve launched our invitation to tender (which can be found here on the South East Business Portal) and are asking for bidders for this funding to build our broadband network. If you know a network operator who might be interested, let them know! There’s also some time left (before 3rd Jan 2014) to respond to the State Aid consultation if you need to do so.
The expectation is that we should be able to select a bidder and commence the project around April 2014, with work completed by the end of 2014, if not sooner.
The amount of time and effort expended by many in the community to get us to this point has been immense and it’s a very satisfying stage to have reached.
This website has been updated with more information on what we are aiming to deliver, why we’re doing it, and some helpful facts and figures about the project.