First subscriber goes live in Northmoor

We’ve reached another major milestone today with the activation of our first subscriber on the network. The cabinet, underlying network backhaul and other services are all live and the network is, in part at least, lit and ready to use!

Fibre cables before burial installed at a property

Fibre cables before burial installed at a property

Our first subscriber’s 50Mbps service is delivering precisely as expected, and represents the start of connections being made to the network. Over the next few weeks Gigaclear and their installation contractors (Boxcom) will be installing and activating everyone else who has already made an order, or sending out kits to self-install customers.

All the works with the exception of Thameside and the caravan parks are complete, with these works to be completed in the coming weeks.

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

What’s in the pot?

Gigaclear’s contractors, Boxcom and MKJ Communications, have been hard at work installing the fibre network. There’s a cabinet in the middle of the village, opposite the Village Hall, where the “backhaul” connection to the internet will be split out. Each house has its own fibre which is terminated at the cabinet and connected on to the high speed connections back to Gigaclear’s “core” network and from there on to the internet. The other end – the one that connects to the home – is terminated in a little black pot, or “customer connection point”. So what’s inside?

Three customer connection points

Three customer connection points, ready for connections

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