Hundreds of homes in rural Gloucestershire that were previously considered too remote to be connected with fibre optic cabling have received a significant boost to their broadband speeds with the arrival of gigabit-capable fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) services.
A total of 1,274 properties in four villages in the Forest of Dean - Highnam, Maisemore, Tibberton and Upleadon - will benefit from the enhanced connectivity, which has been provided by rural-focused FTTP provider Gigaclear as part of its 'Fastershire' programme, ISPReview.co.uk reports.
This scheme ultimately aims to connect around 70,000 rural premises across Herefordshire and Gloucestershire to gigabit-capable technology.
Some 83km of fibre-optic cabling has been laid to the four villages as part of the project, which will see community centres used as local hubs for the technology as part of Gigaclear's Village Hub scheme.
The first of these to be connected in the Forest of Dean district is Upleadon Village Hall, which serves over 60 local homes. Connectivity to the hall was upgraded in September at no cost to the community.
Regional general manager at Gigaclear Peter Pentecost said community centres such as Upleadon Village Hall are vital amenities for people living nearby, which is why the company has offered to connect them for free.
"Our Village Hub Scheme aims to support the key meeting places in the areas where we’ve built our ultrafast network. It's something we now plan to roll out in all the villages that we’ll be setting live over the coming weeks," he continued.
The move was also welcomed by MP for the Forest of Dean Mark Harper, who said residents are already experiencing the benefits that FTTP connectivity can provide.
He added: "I will continue to fully support the rollout across the Forest of Dean and I am pleased to hear that progress is being made to connect communities in Minsterworth, Longhope, Littledean and Cinderford over the next few months."