Gigaclear Networks has won two contracts to deliver Stage 3 of the Superfast Northamptonshire project. These are bringing full fibre broadband to communities in rural North and West Northamptonshire. This technology is capable of supporting the fastest broadband speeds available in the UK.
What do the contracts with Gigaclear involve?
|Contract and Value (£)|
The two contracts were awarded by then Northamptonshire County Council, on 30th January 2017 following a competitive open procurement process with the wider telecoms market. They were extended in September 2020.
On 1st April 2021, these contracts novated to North Northamptonshire Council to manage on behalf of the new North and West Northamptonshire Councils.
|Public Investment (£)|
Combined, these contracts involve almost £10m of public funding, including:
- £3.5m from the Department of Digital Culture Media and Sport;
- £4.5m committed previously by Northamptonshire County Council, now a joint contribution from North and West Northamptonshire Council’s; and,
- £2m European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development which is managed by Defra's Rural Payments Agency.
|Gigaclear Investment (£)||A £5.7m investment by Gigaclear.|
|Network Build Details||Planning, design and build of a gigabit capable pure fibre network which provides for symmetrical download and upload speeds. Standard services start from 50Mbps.|
7,000 premises will be connected and able to order full fibre broadband services by December 2022.
More than 45 villages, where some or all premises are suffering poor broadband speeds, will be served.
|Timescales||Network build will run from mid 2017 to the end of 2022.|
Some of the villages set to benefit from the full fibre deployment include:
|Appletree ||Grafton Underwood||Pilton|
|Ashton ||Halse ||Preston Deanery|
|Blatherwyke ||Hemington ||Silverstone|
|Braunston ||Holdenby ||Slipton|
|Caldecote ||Hulcote ||Stanford|
|Caldecott ||Laxton ||Stanwick|
|Clay Coton ||Little Purston||Stoke Doyle|
|Clipston ||Luddington ||Teeton|
|Clopton ||Lutton ||Thurning|
|Crowfield ||Nether Heyford ||Upper Heyford|
|Deene ||Newton Bromswold ||Wakerley|
|Deenethorpe ||Nobottle ||Whilton|
|Falcutt ||Orton ||Whiston|
|Fineshade ||Oundle ||Wigsthorpe|
To find out more about deployment timescales please go to the Roll Out Schedule.
Or visit the Superfast Northamptonshire section on Gigaclear's website.
Gigaclear contract signing in January 2017
Image above shows Joe Frost Business Development Director at Gigaclear (on left), and Matthew Hare, then CEO of Gigaclear (third from left), with the Superfast Northamptonshire team holding a banner showing Gigaclear and Superfast Northamptonshire logos at the signing of the contracts in January 2017.
For more information on how and where Gigaclear are delivering for the project please visit the following pages:
Gigaclear Postcode Availability Checker
Building the Network
When and Where Map
Roll Out Schedule
For more information on how Gigaclear roll out their network please watch Gigaclear's build video, below.