1Gb fibre coming to Oxfordshire village

Ultrafast broadband is on its way to Frilford, despite the area being snubbed by the government's nationwide roll-out of fibre optic.

An Oxfordshire village will soon have some of the fastest broadband in Britain.

Frilford and Frilford Heath are home to just a few hundred people, but ultrafast provider Gigaclear has begun installing a fibre optic network, giving villagers speeds of up to 1Gb.

That's 10 times faster than any superfast broadband widely available in the UK.

Matthew Hare, chief executive of Gigaclear, said: "Many small business owners living in rural locations, such as Frilford and Frilford Heath, elect to avoid the commute and the cost of separate business premises by operating from home.

"The challenge is getting adequate upload and download speeds without paying prices that would make even large organisations wince."

Villagers opting for the fastest speeds, most probably people with businesses, will pay £195 a month. Gigaclear's more basic packages start from £37.

Bruce Ballard, who runs a small business from his home in Frilford Heath, said: "We use ADSL over copper at the moment, but with so much upstream traffic it performs badly.

"Until now, suitable alternatives have been either unavailable in this area or prohibitively expensive.

"1Gb is more than enough to accommodate the needs of the company - as well as my wife and children, who like to browse the internet and stream videos. It's like opening a door to the future."

Gigaclear specialises in ultrafast broadband for areas where mainstream providers like BT and Virgin Media don't currently offer high-speed internet access.

As part of a scheme to give Britain the "best broadband in Europe" by 2015, the government will aim to make superfast broadband available to 90% of the UK. The area around Frilford and Frilford Heath was not included in the plans.

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