Published on October 19th, 2015 | by Stephen Brook0
Gigaclear – Almost There? – October Update
Cabinet & Live Date
Work on the Cabinet on Charlton Road is almost complete – Gigaclear are now waiting for Vodafone to install their ‘box of tricks’ and the cabinet should then be live! Gigaclear expect to be able to make the first live connections in November and they are forecasting that the network build will be complete by the end of November.
Road Closure of Blacksmith’s Hill
Gigaclear have applied for a formal road closure to complete the works required at the bottom of Blacksmith’s Hill which has been granted. The works are scheduled to start on 10th November. Please note they may still need to replace the main cable from the top of Blacksmith’s Hill down to where the previous works terminated as the original cable was cut off when the original contractor was removed from the works in June.
Current Work Plans
Works in The Square, Roundtown and Aynho Court are now almost complete. Gigaclear then intend to do the installations for College Fields, Banbury Road and the bottom end of Charlton Road before linking these up with the network in Blacksmith’s Hill. Connections to The Hill will be undertaken during the road closure period.
Once ‘pots’ have been installed at your property’s boundary Boxcom will contact those residents who have placed an order with Gigaclear to arrange individual connections and installation of the router (shown above) if you have opted for a Boxcom installation. Alternatively you can contact Boxcom on 03302 000003. If you have opted for a ‘self-install’ Gigaclear will be in touch to send you the self install kit. If you have not placed an order and would like more information please visit Gigaclear. However, Gigaclear can only start the connection process once they have your Direct Debit details – If they do not have them you will be contacted and a sales team from Gigaclear, led by Garry Brokenshire, is in the village to collect details.
In an earlier post I mentioned that Business’s could apply for a Broadband Connection Voucher to help with costs up to £3000. It would appear that the scheme has been so successful that the scheme for new applicants has been suspended! See the Connections Vouchers website for more details.
As the project comes to an end the Parish Council will be raising snagging issues with Gigaclear. If you have any areas of concern on the completed works please do email Sadie and if possible add a photo. (firstname.lastname@example.org). The reinstatement works do come with a 2 year warranty.