Communities across Dorset will finally be able to access hyperfast broadband thanks to a £30 million investment by Giganet, one of the country’s fastest-growing internet service providers (ISP).
- Giganet has committed to bringing a world-class full fibre network to more than 28,000 homes in Ferndown and Wimborne
- The £30 million network build began in summer 2022 and will connect properties in phases over the next two years
- Over 140 jobs are expected to be created in the process
More than 28,000 homes in Ferndown and Wimborne can soon expect to get up to speed with consistently fast, reliable, full fibre-enabled services – a utility that many local communities are yet to have the chance to dial into.
Giganet’s build plans have been backed by £250 million of private investment, £30 million of which has been earmarked specifically for Dorset – into areas that, until now, have not benefitted from having access to a full fibre network.
But bringing the very best broadband to the area is not without its challenges, and the ISP is advising the local community that there will be some disruption as they begin connecting streets to full fibre services.
Customer happiness is Giganet’s priority and that’s why the company is working hand in hand with local authorities and community groups, including Dorset Council, Ferndown Town Council and Wimborne Minster Town Council, to provide residents with the most up-to-date information on the status of the build and any potential roadworks.
GE Services will be the build partner in Ferndown, while 4 Site Fibre will be Wimborne. The overall project is expected to reach completion in 2024 but the first services will go live much sooner.
Kevin Barry, Chief Network Build Officer at Giganet, said:
“This is an exciting chapter for Giganet as we bring Dorset’s smaller communities up to speed with full fibre services. Over the last few years there’s been a surge in demand for faster, more reliable broadband. For us this also means providing customers with an offering that’s grounded in honesty and simplicity – from flexible contracts to no exit fees.
“While there will be some short-term disruption from the build, this will benefit the local area tremendously in the long-term. Large or small, we’re connecting communities and making sure that no one is left behind.”
Full fibre broadband networks use 100% fibre optic cables to carry data all the way from the exchange to the home, which differs from most digital infrastructure today. In fact, only about a third of UK premises can currently connect to it. This provides a more reliable connection and faster downloads speeds, making it an essential utility for businesses, homeworkers, streamers, gamers and more.
Councillor Jill Haynes, Dorset Council’s portfolio holder for Corporate Development and Transformation, said:
“It is fantastic that Giganet is now ready to start delivering its £30 million infrastructure investment programme across our local communities. Not only will this boost connectivity for thousands of homes but strengthen the area’s digital infrastructure as a whole.”
Giganet is not only future-proofing Wimborne and Ferndown’s digital needs for decades to come – it is giving residents peace of mind by offering full fibre services with straightforward pricing and no exit fees. New customers are also able to benefit from three months free.
The ISP recently scooped the coveted award for Overall Fibre Provider of the Year at the 2022 Fibre Provider Awards.
For more information on Giganet or to see if your postcode can get connected to full fibre, visit www.giganet.uk