Despite evidence of a new fibre network being installed in Uplyme, all is not going according to plan.
On October 31st Gigaclear presented Connecting Devon & Somerset and BDUK (Broadband Delivery UK) with a broad plan on how the company can address its shortcomings and provide a firm completion date for 100% coverage against its contract.
Gigaclear said that progress is being made in improving capacity and resources. The company proposed a new way of building its network it believes will provide a robust plan and traffic disruption to Devon and Somerset communities, including those in Trinity.
Gigaclear has proposed that;
- It remain committed to continuing its investment of £127.8 million in the CDS region. This involves investment of £60.5 million in the CDS contracts and £67.3 million in the company’s commercial build. (Total public subsidy is £31 million, only £537,200 has been paid so far)
- It will continue to provide full fibre-to-the-premise technology. This means a network exclusively of optical fibre, rather than the old copper network we are used to. This is essential to delivering the faster possible internet speeds.
- Gigaclear remains contracted and committed to delivering Superfast broadband with at least 30mbps download speeds. Gigaclear says its service can deliver symmetrical, (the same speed for uploading information as downloading), Ultrafast speeds up to 900mbps.
- It will continue to deliver the full coverage agreed in the contracts with CDS. (47,810 homes and businesses across the region).
- There will be no reduction in the company’s commercially-funded network. (43,000 homes and businesses in the region).
- New network building will be based on “a spine and spurs” approach. Will reduce disruption to communities and deliver Superfast broadband access to between 40% & 50% of the CDS contracted premises by June 2020, with the remaining coverage completed by June 2022.
However, Connecting Devon and Somerset (CDS) remains concerned that;
- Gigaclear has not yet provided enough detail and clarity for each Lot area.
- Coverage and ‘full fibre’ network remain firm commitments, but will be significant delays.
- CDS is therefore continuing to withhold payment to Gigaclear whilst a fully developed a final set of plans is submitted. Gigaclear and CDS are working together to get the best network for residents and businesses as quickly as possible.
Full details on all stories and the latest news on my website www.trinitymatters.co.uk
Cllr Ian Thomas
Leader – East Devon District Council, Ward Member – Trinity
Mobile: 07884 494474 email: firstname.lastname@example.org