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Author Topic: Gigaclear CEO Mike Surrey on Building Full Fibre Beyond England  (Read 681 times)


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The recently appointed Interim CEO of Oxfordshire-based UK ISP Gigaclear, Mike Surrey, has told ISPreview that they’re ready to grow their Gigabit capable “full fibre” (FTTP/H) rural broadband network beyond England and believe that “market forces driven by competition” will deliver the best outcome.

Anybody familiar with Gigaclear will know that the provider has had quite an eventful couple of years, which recently culminated in Infracapital (M&G Investment Management) acquiring 80% of the business as part of a £270m cash deal and this was later followed by the departure of long-time company CEO and Founder, Matthew Hare.

The Infracapital deal means that the ISP has now raised £184m of equity from its shareholders and they have a commitment for a further £150m from Infracapital and Railpen. All of this will be crucial in helping to deliver their rollout plan, which aims to cover 350,000 premises by the end of 2021 (currently at 65,000 premises passed).

Much of the current work stems from their state aid supported contract wins as part of the Government’s wider Broadband Delivery UK programme, which until now has focused on reaching rural parts of 22 counties across England. However Gigaclear’s interim CEO, Mike Surrey, is “confident that we now have the delivery methods and processes to allow us to grow reliably outside of our ‘home’ territory.”

Indeed the ISP has already been linked with a bid on Scotland’s future £600m R100 project, which aspires to make “superfast broadband” (30Mbps+) available to 100% of the country by the end of 2021 (March 2022 as a financial year). Similarly we wouldn’t be surprised to see Gigaclear scoop up more contracts in other parts of England and possibly also Wales.

Suffice to say that now is as good a time as any to ask Mike Surrey about Gigaclear’s opinion on the current broadband market and what plans they have for the future.

See the full interview at the site link
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Re: Gigaclear CEO Mike Surrey on Building Full Fibre Beyond England
« Reply #1 on: September 07, 2018, 02:55:06 AM »

I don’t understand what that might mean in Scotland. Would small ISPs be able to resell this good stuff? Or would it mean one would have zero choice or a choice of only a very few ISPs? - like in York was it?


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Re: Gigaclear CEO Mike Surrey on Building Full Fibre Beyond England
« Reply #2 on: September 07, 2018, 12:04:40 PM »

Many ISP's who resell OpenReach services only ever resell OpenReach services.
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