ENGINEERING work is underway which will result in more than 750 Pamber Heath homeowners having access to ultrafast broadband by the spring.

The work is being carried out by the UK’s largest rural alternative network provider Gigaclear, as part of an £18m infrastructure boost in Hampshire.

Delivery director Ben Woods said: “Gigaclear is already extending its fibre network in the north of the county, to rural communities around Woolton Hill and Kingsclere and next in line for our full-fibre roll-out is Pamber Heath.

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“At Gigaclear, we’re on a mission to take our full-fibre broadband to rural Hampshire because we believe a fast and reliable connection shouldn’t just be available to people living in the county’s larger towns and cities. People living in urban areas, on average, enjoy much faster broadband speeds than those in rural communities and we’re determined to narrow this gap.

“Having access to ultrafast ‘full-fibre’ rather than the slower ‘part fibre’ broadband will allow people living in villages such as Pamber Heath to work from home, stream online entertainment, scroll and gameplay just like everyone else.”

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The first homeowners are expected to have access to ultrafast broadband speeds by next spring, with the work due to be completed by the end of 2024.

During the engineering work, Gigaclear will be utilising existing Openreach ducts and poles wherever possible in order to minimise disruption.