ZTE UK and Gigaclear Deliver Broadband to Rural Communities

ZTE has signed a Frame Agreement with Gigaclear, a privately owned company dedicated to building and operating ultrafast broadband networks with fibre technology, to deliver hi-speed broadband to selected rural communities in the UK.

This partnership sees ZTE provide Gigaclear with the core network equipment necessary to deliver next generation broadband access via point-to-point fibre, offering homes and businesses in rural communities up to 1Gbps high-speed broadband internet connections.

“Our focus is to target areas overlooked by many traditional internet service providers, areas where there is demand for secure, high quality internet connections,” said Matthew Hare, CEO, Gigaclear. “ZTE has provided us with the necessary equipment to offer the same high-speed broadband internet connections typically found in city centres.”

“Partnering with Gigaclear enables ZTE to fulfil its commitment to delivering advanced internet access and an enhanced user experience across the UK,” said Jim Jing Hui, MD, ZTE UK. “By leveraging Gigaclear’s deep understanding and best practice of delivering fibre-to-the-home, ZTE and Gigaclear has begun rolling out fast, cost-efficient and high-quality networks to rural communities.”

ZTE and Gigaclear’s partnership is delivering Ultra-fast rural broadband ahead of government policies and funding (yet to be released) designed to deliver universal 10 Mbps Broadband by 2015.

Matthew Hare goes on to say “This partnership is a milestone in Gigaclear’s long term strategy. Partnering with a world-leading vendor delivering Carrier Class network infrastructure enables Gigaclear to deliver faster, high quality connectivity throughout the UK and deep in to rural communities.”

ZTE will provide Gigaclear with M6000 Series carrier-grade core routers; ZXONE8300 and M721 core and metro DWDM/OTN equipment; ZXR10 8900 Series terabit MPLS switches; and its NetNumen U31 network management system. This equipment enables Gigaclear to deliver fibre-to-the-home (FTTH), boosting data speeds and avoiding the capacity limitations traditionally experienced by fibre-to-the-curb (FTTC) and cable (DOCSIS) deployments.