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Gloucester-based Complete Utilities wins £90million Fastershire contract

PUBLISHED: 10:09 06 September 2017 | UPDATED: 10:09 06 September 2017

Steve Chaplin, Complete Utilities and Brett Shepherd, Gigaclear

Steve Chaplin, Complete Utilities and Brett Shepherd, Gigaclear

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As well as delivering 21st century technology to properties in the region, the contract win will also bring significant economic benefits to Gloucestershire

Complete Utilities has secured a £90million contract to connect almost 70,000 properties across Gloucestershire and Herefordshire to Gigaclear’s ultrafast full fibre broadband network. The completely new network, Phase 2 of the ongoing Fastershire project, will transform the local area by giving homes and businesses access to Internet speeds of up to 1Gbps, making them some of the best-connected in the country.

As well as delivering 21st century technology to properties in the region, the contract win will also bring significant economic benefits to Gloucestershire. Complete Utilities expects to create around 250 new jobs over the next three years as a direct result of the project and its network of local suppliers will also see an increase in work thanks to the construction of the new broadband network.

Gigaclear awarded the contract to Complete Utilities thanks, in part, to its innovative approach to building the new network. The company will use a construction technique known as narrow trenching to lay multi-way ducts underground, giving homes and businesses access to Gigaclear’s network. s customers request connection to the new ultrafast network, the full fibre cables will then be blown through the duct to their property.

This methodology not only increases the build speed and minimises disruption to the local community during construction, it also facilitates future expansion of the network by allowing new fibre to be added without the need to dig and lay new cables, enabling Gigaclear’s network to reach more rural homes and businesses, more quickly.

Steve Chaplin, Managing Director at Complete Utilities, comments: “This contract win is a great result for the team at Complete Utilities. It will enable us to double in size over the next few years, making us a major player in the utility infrastructure industry. We’re also really proud that a Gloucestershire born and bred business, using a workforce from the local area, will be delivering a broadband network that will completely transform rural communities in our county.”

Brett Shepherd, Gigaclear’s Chief Operating Officer, comments: “Having successfully worked with Complete Utilities in Fastershire over the past two years, we’re really delighted to be strengthening and extending our partnership with them. The innovative construction methods they have proposed will put us at the forefront of the industry, enabling us to deliver our broadband network more efficiently and with minimal disruption to local communities. We’re looking forward to working together to futureproof thousands of properties in rural Herefordshire and Gloucestershire.”

Cllr Lynden Stowe, cabinet member for economy, skills and growth at Gloucestershire County Council, said: “It’s great news that local company Complete Utilities have been awarded this contract by Gigaclear. This means that Fastershire will now not only be benefitting residents and businesses by providing faster broadband, but that we have job creation in County and the economic benefits this brings.”

Fastershire is a partnership between Gloucestershire County Council and Herefordshire Council to bring faster broadband to the two counties. Funding is drawn from central government’s Broadband Delivery UK programme and matched by the local authorities.

For more on Complete Utilities parntership with Gigaclear and Fastershire, visit the website here.

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