GigaPlus Argyll's Network & Internet Service Providers
Who is GigaPlus Argyll?
GPA is a Next Generation/Superfast Broadband network that will be installed within a set of Postcodes allocated by HIE. These postcodes make up what is hoped to be the first phase of an extensive rural network covering the areas that the BT Infiniti service doesn’t reach.
Next Generation Broadband is defined in our contract as a minimum of 24Mbps. The GigaPlus Argyll network will operate wirelessly and the broadband signal will be transmitted from a series of masts located throughout the catchment area. This signal will be received via a small box or dish located on or very near the customer’s property. The system does not use any telephone line or other cable technology.
Once installed you will need an Internet Service Provider (ISP) to supply the Internet over the GigaPlus Argyll network into your house or business. There are currently two companies who can provide this for you, AB Internet and Giga+ from Scotnet, please check here for more details.
This table records progress towards the first customer connections, expected in April 2017, and then tracks onwards until the network is fully complete
|Proposed site locations identified||38||39||38||38||37||37|
|Landowner agreement in principle||33||34||36||37||36||36|
|Planning application submitted||25||28||28||28||28||28|
|Planning application validated||21||14||12||9||7||6|
|Planning permission received||10||14||14||22||22||24|
|Leases with Landowners||-||-||19||15||16||16|
|Leases signed off||-||-||6||8||9||11|
|Concrete mast base constructed||nil||1||1||3||5||5|
Service Providers (ISPs)
Once the network coverage reaches your area you will need an Internet Service Provider (ISP) to supply the broadband service over the GigaPlus Argyll network into your house or business. There are currently two companies who can provide this for you, AB Internet and Giga+ from Scotnet, please check the links below for more details.
Telephony (Voice over Internet Protocol – VoIP)
GPA has partnered with Vonage to offer a VoIP service that will run over the GPA broadband network, and offers the potential to replace your fixed phone line altogether, thereby reducing the cost of your phone service (see Vonage vs BT price comparison). GPA will also offer a rebate of £25 to subscribers to ISP services over the GPA network that take up the Vonage VoIP service - this effectively reduces the connection fee for your GPA broadband by £25.
Features of the Vonage VoIP service include:
- Free pre-configured "Vonage Box" (a VoIP router) that you plug a normal phone into.
- Free apps that allow use of your mobile phone to make Vonage calls whenever you have a broadband connection, even when you are away from home. (This works in a similar way to the "TuGo" service offered by O2 (see What about mobile phone support?)
- There are various call packages, starting at £8/month for unlimited UK landline calls. There are other call packages that are appropriate to users that make a lot of international calls or calls to mobile numbers.
- All packages include various goodies at no extra charge (which BT would charge for) such as caller display, 1471 Call Return, and voicemail/Answer 1571.
- You can keep your own phone number or be assigned a new phone number, whichever you prefer.
- Emergency (999/112 etc.) calls are supported.
- Click here for more about GPA and Vonage.
- More detailed Vonage FAQs can be found here