Northmoor, Bablockhythe and Moreton project switched on by David Cameron MP

Opening Ceremony

Matthew Hare (CEO Gigaclear), Graham Shelton (Northmoor Broadband Team & Parish Council chairman), Stuart Cope (representing the Red Lion shareholders) and the Rt Hon David Cameron MP

In an event celebrating both the purchase and reopening of Northmoor’s Red Lion as a community-owned pub and the activation of the new fibre to the premises broadband network, our MP, the Rt Hon David Cameron, paid us a visit and officially switched on the network.

Gigaclear’s CEO, Matthew Hare, and members of the broadband team and village residents were also joined by video link by Malcolm Corbett of the Independent Networks Cooperative Association (INCA) and Dana Pressman Tobak of Hyperoptic, another FTTP ISP focused on deployments in cities.

David Cameron and Matthew Hare (Gigaclear) speak to Malcom Corbett (INCA), Dana Pressman Tobak (Hyperoptic) via Skype

David Cameron and Matthew Hare (Gigaclear) speak to Malcom Corbett (INCA), Dana Pressman Tobak (Hyperoptic) via Skype

The project is now mainly completed, with only the relatively straightforward task of connecting the caravans at Bablockhythe Caravan Park remaining before the project is complete. A large number of residents are now connected and enjoying the service, with takeup of the service expected to increase as installations are completed in the coming months.

David Cameron at the Opening Ceremony

The West Oxfordshire press release accompanying this news can be found here. Coverage of the event was also carried by the Telegraph, as well as Cable.co.uk and ISPreview. The Witney Gazette has covered the news in their leader column.

We’ll try and keep this post up to date with any further media coverage.

Fibre to the Premises reaches Thameside

Our initial survey, conducted in early 2013, showed that a shocking proportion of the parish had no internet connectivity whatsoever. The majority of these properties were homes at Thameside Court at Bablockhythe, connected to aluminium/copper lines nearly 8 kilometres long and unlikely ever to receive an upgrade under normal commercial terms. These lines are often totally unable to even achieve ADSL sync, let alone attain speeds above a few hundred kilobits per second. Reliability was another problem – flooding and even heavy rain made whatever service was available disappear.

Outside Thameside CourtToday the first properties in Thameside were passed by the contractors building the network, providing a pure fibre to the premises connection capable of over 1Gbps. Even when it rains or floods. Continue reading

Installation – what happens next?

Now that the bulk of the network is installed – Thameside and other properties at Bablockhythe will be passed in the coming week and represent the last significant civil works to be undertaken – the only remaining bit of work to do to connect to the new network is to install the fibre patch between the connection point (“boundary box”) and the router in your home. Continue reading