FIBRE-TO-THE-PREMISES ISP Gigaclear has announced plans for 5Gbps internet connections in homes and small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) in the UK.
Yes. Gigabits per second. Not megabits. Gigabits.
The company already offers a 1Gbps service to selected areas of the UK, but is expanding its reach and targeting communities that are low down the pecking order of the fibre rollout in the UK.
This means that its first 25 locations are largely in rural areas where communities have banded together to bring the infrastructure, putting them streets ahead of those tied to the traditional fibre-to-the-cabinet offerings of other providers.
The new 5Gbps service will eclipse cable giant Virgin Media's 200Mbps offering, currently advertised by a girl with corkscrew hair and scary eyes.
And with Google Fibre having "no serious plans" to bring its service to the UK, the way is clear for Gigaclear to clean up in the ultra-mega-hyper-duper-fast broadband market.
Matthew Hare, chief executive at Gigaclear, said: “We’re offering customers the chance to access absolutely phenomenal broadband speeds. To be clear, this is a premium service that gives the fastest internet speeds in the country to those of our customers who want the best connection that they can get.
"But it won’t be long before there’s a greater need for a 5Gbps service as connectedness becomes an ever more important part of our everyday lives. By launching the trial of this 5Gbps service now, we are showing all our customers that we are delivering a future-proof network today, one which won’t need to be updated even as their use massively increases in the years to come.”
There's a price attached, however. The business package will cost £399 per month, offering lower contention rates, and premium support costs a cool £1,500 a month.
Of course, this is all very well, but the speed of transfer of your site is dictated by the speed of all the networks that the data must travel through. If you're watching a low-resolution video being sent from a computer with a low-bandwidth connection, it may still buffer.
For a home to have broadband speeds like this is a little like being a billionaire: there comes a point where you've got more than you could ever spend. µ
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