Network operator and UK ISP Giganet have confirmed that their deployment of a new gigabit-enabled Fiber to the Premises (FTTP) broadband network has begun to expand across the two Wiltshire (England) boroughs and the civil parishes of Marlborough and Devizes, which will benefit 21,500 households at a cost of around £23 million.
Giganet is currently investing £250 million Going through fern trade to deploy its own integral fiber network to 300,000 premises in underserved parts of Hampshire, Dorset, Wiltshire and West Sussex (here). In addition to this, the operator continues to expand FTTP availability through Openreach and CityFibre’s wholesale platforms in other parts of the country, to maximize availability.
Some of the first places to see activity from the Giganet rollout were Wimborne, Ferndown, Ringwood, Fordingbridge and the communities in between (i.e. mainly around the Dorset and Hampshire region). The villages of Henfield and Hurstpierpoint (West Sussex), as well as Hythe, Totton, Fair Oak and Tadley (Hampshire), also appeared on their plan for this year, but we haven’t had a solid update on progress since a while.
Otherwise, new construction across Marlborough and Devizes is expected to be completed in early 2024, but the first services will come into operation much sooner.
Kevin Barry, Chief Network Build Officer at Giganet, said (Gazette & Herald):
“This is an exciting chapter for Giganet as we update small communities in Wiltshire with comprehensive fiber services. In recent years, there has been an increase in demand for faster and more reliable broadband. For us, this also means providing our clients with an offer based on honesty and simplicity, ranging from flexible contracts to no exit fees.
Although there will be some short term disruption due to construction, it will greatly benefit the local area in the long term. Big or small, we connect communities and ensure that no one is left behind. »
However, Giganet’s FTTP may not be the only gigabit-enabled network in the areas they are targeting, especially with operators like Swish Fiber and Openreach deploying or looking to deploy full fiber in places like Marlborough . The vendor’s website also seems to lack a helpful map or summary of its ongoing build progress (at least we couldn’t see one), which makes it a bit more difficult to track its progress.