Broadband speeds in some of East Devon’s most rural villages are set to get ONE THOUSAND times faster.
Villages including Upottery, Yarcombe and Rawridge can now take advantage of speeds of up to 1,000Mbps (1Gbps) when previously they had been limited to speeds as slow as 1Mbps.
The installation of fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) broadband will benefit over 2,000 properties across the Blackdown Hills area, and is already revolutionising the experience of homes and businesses that have signed up.
The communities who were struggling with slow and unreliable internet connections can now access some of the fastest speeds in the country thanks to a £2.5million commercial investment in ultrafast, broadband by Gigaclear.
Nigel Wyatt, Manager of the Sidmouth Arms in Upottery, & Graham Long, Upottery Parish Councillor and Chairman of the Broadband for Rural Devon & Somerset.
Nigel Wyatt, manager of the Sidmouth Arms in Upottery, one of the first businesses in the area to connect to the service, said: “We’ve been struggling with terrible internet connection for many years, so to have even decent broadband would be great, but actually the speed we have now is amazing. We chose Gigaclear’s 100Mbps service, which means we can do things like stream movies perfectly. Perhaps even better, it’s good for business – the WiFi coverage in the bar is fantastic.”
Upottery Parish Councillor, Graham Long, added: “It’s a really positive step forward for these rural Devon areas in particular and a great example for other rural communities struggling with poor connections.”
Nigel Wyatt, Manager of the Sidmouth Arms in Upottery, & Graham Long, Upottery Parish Councillor and Chairman of the Broadband for Rural Devon & Somerset
With two cabinets now live in the Blackdown Hills area, Gigaclear is focused on continuing the project to deliver full fibre broadband to properties in the Churchinford, Smeatharpe, Sampford Arundel, Ford Street, Clayhidon and Sampford Moor areas.
Source: Devon live