Superfast broadband on outskirts of Harlow to be demonstrated

Politics / Mon 11th Apr 2016 am30 11:40am

RESIDENTS and businesses within the Superfast Essex Rural Challenge Project area of Epping Forest District, close to Harlow, are invited to test out the 1Gbps internet speeds being deployed across the region at a Gigaclear Demonstration Day.

Gigaclear, the pure fibre ultrafast broadband provider, is bringing broadband speeds up to 30 times faster than the UK average to rural homes and businesses in the region. Such speeds mean a three-hour feature film can be downloaded in 1 minute, 23 songs can take less than 10 seconds to download, and 200 photos less than 10 seconds to upload.

The free event is being hosted by Gigaclear and some of its partners, at Fyfield Village Hall, on Saturday 16 April, from 10.30am until 4.30pm. Those interested in finding out more about the project are welcome to drop in at any time that suits them. To register your interest in attending, please visit: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/superfast-essex-rural-challenge-project-and-gigaclear-demonstration-day-fyfield-tickets-23037603091.

The aim of the event is to give the people living and working within the Epping Forest District community, as well as anyone else interested, the opportunity to test the ultrafast pure fibre broadband connection speeds being rolled out by the Superfast Essex Rural Challenge Project, co-ordinated by Essex County Council. Attendees are welcome to bring along their own smart devices and connect up to the network to see for themselves how fast they can perform.

Essex County Councillor Penny Channer, Deputy Cabinet Member for Economic Growth, and Waste & Recycling, and Superfast Essex Steering Board Chairman, said: “This event is an important opportunity for the residents and businesses within the Epping Forest District to learn about the impressive service that Gigaclear will be providing as part of the Superfast Essex Rural Challenge Project. Business owners will have the chance to see how the ultrafast speeds being demonstrated will be able to transform the way they work and equally, residents can get a taste of how the new network on offer will benefit their home life.”

Joe Frost, Sales and Marketing Director at Gigaclear, said: “We’re excited to show the rural community of Epping Forest District the incredible Internet speeds that we are now installing across the area in partnership with the Superfast Essex team. Our pure fibre technology means that people living and working in the region will have a future-proof communications network that gives them better broadband than even central London has. The Superfast Essex Rural Challenge Project means rural areas of Epping Forest District will be leading the way in this digital age.”

The event will provide members of the public the opportunity to ask questions, find out more about the services available on the network, and place orders for a service, as well as view exhibitions from a number of experts.

The exhibitor list includes:

Boxcom, who assist with fibre splicing as part of the network deployment, and home installations
Self-installation, Gigaclear can explain how this works and talk through the self-install kit
Gigaclear speed test station, IT experts will be available to answer questions
Superfast Essex
Wholesale service providers selling broadband packages on the Gigaclear network
Vonage, internet telephony service provider, which offers a phone package on the Gigaclear network using Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP)
Entertainment, witness the power of ultrafast broadband demonstrated with 4K and smart TVs and iPads, and test your own devices
Richer Sounds

Gigaclear began working with Superfast Essex as part of the Rural Challenge Project to rollout fibre broadband using Fibre-to-the-Premise (FTTP) technology in a pilot area in Epping Forest District in November 2015. More than 4,500 homes and businesses, across 18 parishes, stand to benefit from speeds up to 1Gbps. The project is expected to be completed by December 2016.

Further information about the Rural Challenge Project can be found at: http://www.superfastessex.org/ruralchallenge.

Find out the latest broadband rollout information for your area at www.superfastessex.org/maps. Anyone not covered by the Superfast Essex programme can register their demand for superfast broadband by completing the Make the Connection Survey at www.superfastessex.org/getinvolved.

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