The development will enable small businesses and those working in the creative sector to operate at their full potential, and for residents and families to enjoy the full entertainment, work and communications capabilities provided over the Internet.
Construction work for this £7.5 million project will commence in October 2015, with the aim of making the first customers live before Christmas.
Essex county councillor Kevin Bentley, said: ‘Today marks another milestone in the journey to make Essex one of the best connected counties in the UK. We look forward to working with Gigaclear on this exciting challenge.’
This project is the first to be awarded in Essex to an alternative operator rather than BT, under the government-subsidised BDUK programme to bring broadband of at least 24Mbps to 95% of the UK.
Matthew Hare, chief executive of Gigaclear, said: ‘We’re not simply bringing the broadband here up to date; we’re going to give people living and working in this area the kind of speeds that others in major cities can only dream of.’
For more information about the Superfast Essex and the Rural Challenge Project visit www.superfastessex.org.