Gigaclear scores the Battle of Epping Forest

battleofeppingforestFibre broadband supplier Gigaclear has won the Battle of Epping Forest  to deploy a network in Epping Forest as part of Superfast Essex’s Rural Challenge Project

The Essex project will cost £7.5 million and is part of a deal signed with Superfast Essex, Essex Council’s Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) programme.

Superfast Essex wants to connect 65,000 properties at a cost of £24.6m during the first phase of the scheme. So far it has managed over half this with a year left to run.

Phase 2a was won by BT which will add 51,000 properties at a cost of £18.9m and will begin in 2016.

Gigaclear won Phase 2b which was a pilot programme aimed at filling gaps that BT could not reach.

Gigaclear has accepted state aid before. In Essex it will invest £2 for every £1 of government money, contributing a total of £5.5m.

It expects to start digging in October and aims to have its first customers in some of the hardest to reach communities in Epping Forest live before Christmas.