Gigaclear has made further inroads into BT's dominance of the ongoing Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) scheme by winning a third contract.
The latest deal will see the fibre broadband supplier embark on one of its biggest ever network roll-outs, delivering an ultrafast fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) service to 11,700 homes and businesses in West Berkshire.
It also comes on the back of signing similar deals in Essex and Gloucestershire, with the government set to offer £3.7 million of funding for its venture into West Berkshire, while Gigaclear will invest £4 for every £1 of state aid, up to a total of £16 million.
The company aims to install an open fibre communications infrastructre in all three regions, which run alongside the existing copper network and allow customers to enjoy speeds 1,000 higher than normal.
Gigaclear chief executive Matthew Hare said: “We’re delighted to celebrate a hat-trick of successes in being selected to bring ultrafast broadband to the Cotswolds, Epping Forest in Essex and now West Berkshire.
“Giving these areas one of the best and most reliable broadband services in the world means businesses and residents of all ages will benefit. We are excited that these investments will make a significant contribution to economic development as well as transforming the online education, communications, entertainment and business experience,” he added.
West Berkshire executive member for ICT Roger Croft added: “The impending completion of phase one [of BDUK] and this new contract with Gigaclear will mean that more than 99% of premises in West Berkshire will have superfast broadband capability.
“This is the next phase of bringing superfast broadband to residents and small businesses in West Berkshire following completion of the commercial areas."