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UPD Hyperoptic ISP Delivers 1Gbps Fibre Broadband to 10000 London Homes

Thursday, October 11th, 2012 (1:01 am) - Score 1,496

Urban focused ISP Hyperoptic has announced that its ultra-fast 1Gbps (Gigabits per second) capable fibre optic broadband (FTTB) service is now available to more than 10,000 homes in 12 London boroughs (30 property developments) and it plans to go a lot further over the next five years.

The first installation of Hyperoptic’s new service began at the Prices Court (Wandsworth) building in London last year (here). Since then the ISP has been somewhat muted about its long-term plans and part of the reason for that could be as a result of the threat posed by BT’s rival pilot to hook-up 1,000 High Rise Buildings with similar FTTP technology (here), which has targeted the same sort of areas.

So far Hyperoptic claims to have reached over 10,000 homes in Barnet, Croydon, Greenwich, Hammersmith and Fulham, Hounslow, Kensington and Chelsea, Lambeth, Newham, Southwark, Tower Hamlets, Wandsworth and Westminster. The next goal is to reach 20,000 homes in 100 major property developments by the end of this year and then 500,000 within the next five years.

Boris Ivanovic, Founder and Chairman of Hyperoptic, said:

There is a clear need for speed in the UK. It’s widely understood that the UK is one of the biggest users of technology, with the Internet contributing more to its economy than any other country in the world, accounting for nearly 8.3% of GDP. Having the infrastructure to support this growth is paramount, although previously the focus has only been on hitting coverage – meaning the UK doesn’t make the top 15 countries for broadband speeds.

The Government recently accepted that speed is a key issue and fibre-to-the-cabinet was a temporary stepping stone to fibre-to-the-home. We are thrilled to have this recognised and already be setting an example to the rest of the industry, and indeed other metropolises who want to enter the digital age. We continue to be inundated with requests for our hyper-fast speeds from across the UK – watch this space for news on our expansion to other cities later this year.”

Unfortunately anybody hoping for a more specific roll out plan will be very disappointed as the ISP has once again opted to keep such details off the public map, although they’re known to have signed several key partnerships with UK property managers and developers like Stonedale (Peveral Group) and the City of Docklands. The latter plans to use Hyperoptic’s service for several London developments in 2013, which include the Pump House, Royal Docks and Canary Gateway.

The good news is that Hyperoptic are now beginning to turn their earlier ambition into a reality, although the ISP still couldn’t tell us how many of the 10,000 homes had actually taken their service.

UPDATE 10:19am

According to the groups PR firm, Hyperoptic claims that it’s seen well above 20% of homes passed adopting its service, which is a good proportion for such a new ISP.

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10 Responses
  1. Avatar DTMark

    … and how much Government funding…?


  2. None, as far as I know – and congratulations to Hyperptic on winning the 2012 NextGen Challenge trophy, presented inside Westminster last Monday.

    • Avatar DTMark

      Quite so – was a “tongue-in-cheek” comment.

      Will BDUK be shafting them by supplying money to the local bodies for BT to turn its telephone network into some semblance of a broadband one, competing against private investment with public money, that’s the question..

      Well done, Hyperoptic.

  3. I would be interested to know the real deployent scale.
    Homes passed is one thing, MDU’s passed is another.

    If they have backbone wired the MDU’s, incredible work. Well done.
    If they have a fibre presentation at the building, not so impressive – GEO, Virgin, Easynet etc could claim impressive numbers also.

  4. Avatar FibreFred

    Good going, although obviously high numbers of homes passed on high rises buildings is pretty easy (not wanting to take anything away from them)

    Drop a fibre into one building (or going passed one) and you’ve snagged many “homes”

    I’d like to see them target areas other than flats and elsewhere, can they do that with their model and make it affordable, if so I’d be more impressed

  5. Avatar G4MEB0Y

    From FTTH council website, “The number of “Homes Passed” is the potential number of premises to which an operator has capability to connect in a service area, but the premises may or may not be connected to the network.”.

    In my building, we struggled with 2mbps so when they came most of us signed up. I suspect the same for there other buildings struggling with speed.

  6. In Central London,
    I would suggest that depending on how you play the words, pretty much most buildings are Homes passed. To the skeptical, Homes passed is a marketing term.

    Homes connected, that’s when I start really paying attention. Then you can really get a picture of what the operator is doing.

  7. Avatar Greg

    When Hyperoptic come to my general area, and start servicing single residential properties,
    like your average 3up 2down semi-detached, rather than apartment/office blocks … I’m in!

  8. Avatar zemadeiran

    Saw some contractors blowing fiber up Goldbourne road today.
    Something is going on in Kensington and Chelsea…

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