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Gigaclear trials first 5Gbps broadband for homes and small businesses

Gigaclear announces it will be trialling the fastest broadband internet package in the UK

The UK’s fastest broadband service available to retail customers is being trialled by broadband network Gigaclear.

The service will deliver broadband speeds of up to 5Gbps to homes and businesses across the region. While these speeds are already available to many larger businesses, they are currently off limits to smaller firms and residential customers.

According to Gigaclear chief executive Matthew Hare, this is a “premium service” available to customers who want and need a better connection.

“It won’t be long before there’s a greater need for a 5Gbps service as connectedness becomes an ever-more important part of our everyday lives,” he said.

“By launching the trial of this 5Gbps service now, we are showing all our customers that we are delivering a future-proof network today, one which won’t need to be updated even as their usage massively increases in the years to come.”

According to the provider, this will provide download speeds up to 200 times faster than the current UK average of 22.8Mbps available to homes and rural businesses.

Upload speeds on this service will be up to 1000 times faster than the current UK average of 2.9Mbps.

Hare highlighted this service would best serve home and business owners “who require significant data transfer capabilities”.

Gigaclear expects the service to be available to all of its customers by early 2016, costing £399 per month for the homeowner H5G package and £1,500 a month for the B5G business package.

Businesses will also be allowed lower contention rates and a premium support and services package.

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Gigaclear has implemented “pure fibre” across the country to ensure the UK’s networking infrastructure will not need updating in the future when internet usage continues to grow.

The firm is trialling these increased broadband speeds with select customers to assess how it can cope with growing demand for high-speed internet access, which will only increase over the next five years.

The firm has seen a huge uptake in its fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) network over the past year, and claimed it has exceeded uptake of BT’s Openreach FTTP network.

Earlier in November 2015, the broadband provider set out on one of its largest digs to date to connect 12,000 homes and businesses in West Berkshire, as part of its recent Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) contract.

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