A VILLAGE is hosting a champagne reception to celebrate the completion of its faster broadband project.
The Hambleton broadband project is the first to be completed by Gigaclear which bought Rutland Telecom in the summer and to mark the occasion company representatives and members of the Hambleton community will celebrate in style at the official “switch on” tomorrow morning.
Through a network jointly funded by Gigaclear and a private finance group from the village, over two-thirds of Hambleton’s residents will receive some of the fastest internet connection speeds in the UK.
Construction of the project began in September after Rutland Telecom was approached by Hambleton Hall who rely on the internet for bookings and for guests to use.
The hotel and restaurant was this week named the best in the Midlands in the Sunday Times published this weekend.
The launch at 11.15am will mean the village has the fastest speeds in the county.
Chairman of Discover Rutlnad Ed Burrows said: “For our small and beautiful county it is essential that we offer excellent internet services for tourists and business visitors.
“These are discerning consumers who demand more from online services and technology.
“Now, in 2011 we have two excellent hospitality businesses in Hambleton leading the way for Rutland in providing fibre-optic internet services to their customers.
“We are seeing significant resources coming in to Rutland from private enterprise in terms of investment, technology, and service innovation. I look forward to seeing more examples of this entrepreneurial spirit throughout the county.”
Gigaclear worked with telecommunication giants ZTE and fibre specialists AFL to design and connect the fibre optic network to the village.
Rutland Telecom already provides super fast broadband to parts of Uppingham, Ridlington, Ayston, Glaston, Lyddington, Stoke Dry, Thorpe-by-Water, Stockerston, Oakham, Langham, Barleythorpe, Braunston, Burley, Brooke, Empingham, Whitwell and Essendine.
Rutland has recently been announced as a broadband champion and will receive will receive £710,000 from the Government for a pilot project.