UK-based fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) broadband provider Gigaclear has revealed it is undertaking trials of what it expects to be the country’s fastest internet service for retails customers when it launches. Gigaclear’s ‘H5G’ and ‘B5G’ plans are set to offer downlink speeds of up to 5Gbps to residential and business customers, respectively, from early 2016 over the company’s existing FTTP infrastructure. Initially, the H5G and B5G packages are being trialled with a ‘selection’ of Gigaclear customers, before they are made more widely available. Pricing for the service has already been announced, however, with residential customers facing a GBP399 (USD606) per month for the H5G plan, while the business-focused B5G tariff will cost GBP1,500 per month, offering ‘lower contentions rates, a higher service package and premium support’.
Matthew Hare, chief executive at Gigaclear, said of the development: ‘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 … 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 usage massively increases in the years to come.’