Gigaclear to accelerate new FTTP network build with major new funding commitment from Prudential and Woodford

May 2015

Prudential has today committed to invest up to £20m in Gigaclear, to fund the roll out of its ultrafast fibre-to-the-premises networks to rural communities in the UK. The investment is managed by Infracapital, the infrastructure investment arm of Prudential, and builds on the Group’s on-going commitment to invest in infrastructure projects that benefit the national economy.

At the same time, Gigaclear’s existing shareholder Woodford Investment Management (Woodford) is committing a further £10m of investment from funds under their management.

We are delighted to play a role in getting the UK connected. This is a unique opportunity to invest at an early stage in the development of high-speed communications infrastructure for the UK’s underserved rural population. Gigaclear has enormous growth potential and we look forward to supportingGigaclear’s management team in the build-out of fast, high-quality broadband connectivity.
— Ed Clarke, Co-Founder and Director, Infracapital

Gigaclear brings high quality, fast and reliable broadband connectivity to the UK’s rural population, offering customers speeds up to 1Gbps via fibre optic cable all the way to each property in areas typically underserved by the existing large broadband providers. The company has already built and operates 23 rural fibre networks, and has a strong pipeline with a further 31 in construction. It targets a market of 1.5 million rural households and businesses across thousands of rural communities seeking ultrafast and reliable broadband.

Securing this new investment from Prudential and Woodford is a major breakthrough for Gigaclear. The divide between cut-off rural communities and connected towns and cities has never been greater, and we see Prudential and Woodford’s investments as a strong endorsement of our business plan to become the largest rural fibre-to-the-premises provider in the UK, bridging that divide by building ultrafast, pure fibre networks. These investments give us the resources needed to accelerate our roll out over the next 24 months to many more communities. 
— Matthew Hare, CEO, Gigaclear