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Monday, October 6th, 2014 (12:52 pm) - Score 1,735
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The “hyper-sonic” 1000Mbps (Megabits per second) capable broadband ISP Hyperoptic has announced that their Fibre-To-The-Building/Home (FTTB/H) network has almost reached 75,000 premises in the UK cities of Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds, Cardiff (Wales), Bristol, Reading and London. In addition, the network has just expanded to include Newcastle, Sheffield, Birmingham and Nottingham.

Hyeroptic initially focused the first stage of their life on rolling out services to large buildings (e.g. Multi-Dwelling Units) in London, but since the start of 2014 they’ve begun to expand into a further seven cities across the United Kingdom (Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds, Bristol, Cardiff, Reading and Glasgow) and most of that is thanks to last year’s investment of £50 million by Quantum Strategic Partners (here).

The ever growing pace of development means that Hyperoptic are now starting to make good progress towards their first goal of covering around 80,000 premises (premises passed) by the end of 2014 and 500,000 by 2018. As a result the operator has confirmed that their network is now almost within reach of around 75,000 premises (at 480 sites), which is up sharply from 35,000 in February 2014.

In other words the pace of deployment has dramatically improved and they now look set to achieve their first target, especially with today’s addition of Newcastle, Sheffield, Birmingham and Nottingham to their roll-out plans (a total of 12 cities across the United Kingdom).

Dana Tobak, Managing Director of Hyperoptic, said:

Our mission is to provide a true fibre infrastructure, which empowers residents to future-proof their online lives. In today’s age, broadband should be an enabler, not a hindrance. A fast, consistent, dependable fibre connection is now essential for entertainment, socialising and work.

With symmetrical gigabit speeds, you can be guaranteed that you can enjoy the best of what the internet has to offer. As a result, the reception to our products and services has been phenomenal. We remain committed to expand our footprint and availability across the UK.”

Ed Vaizey, Communications Minister, added:

Government is fully aware of the tremendous contribution that companies such as Hyperoptic are making to the UK’s Internet industry. Cutting-edge technology is the foundation for growth and innovation and today’s announcement is fantastic news for Newcastle, Sheffield, Birmingham and Nottingham.”

The ISP notes that its also developed partnerships with “forward-thinking” property developers, including Barratt London, St George and Regis Group plc, which is helping to fuel the rapid expansion of Hyperoptic’s footprint across the UK. Jim Anderson, Project Director of Barratt London, said: “[We are] committed to providing residents with world-class connectivity, and with fibre-to-the-premises from Hyperoptic on our development it shows our commitment to our customers, and the need to continually evolve.”

Hyperoptic originally only targeted MDU developments with 80 units or more, but today the ISP can install services to developments as small as 50 units, which makes “gigabit speeds a reality to many more residents“.

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Mark Jackson
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10 Responses
  1. Avatar TheFacts

    Thanks for confirming it’s the Cardiff in Wales.

  2. Avatar James Jones

    While I applaud Hyperoptic for bringing better broadband to many I would hardly call it ‘Cutting-edge technology’. Hyperoptic don’t install any of their own fibre, they use BT Openreach fibre leased-lines (hence the number of residences that are needed to cover the cost). No different to the leased-lines BT will install to most businesses if requested. Hyperoptic have found a niche market for leased-lines, deployed Cat6 around a building and become an ISP.

    • Hyperoptic actually do have engineers that dig and blow their own fibre through cable ducts. The article picture is one of their people at work.

    • Avatar James Jones

      Where was the picture taken? Do you know where they install fibre?
      All the installs I know about in London have been done using BT leased-lines. (My wife works for Openreach and has managed some of them and hasn’t heard of Hyperoptic installing any fibre in BT ducts). The question came up at a local residents meeting (Wapping) as we are thinking about using Hyperoptic and the sales guy said that there would be some delay as BT Openreach needed time to install the fibre to the premises (correct – they’re really pushed at the mo). They also said they would need to join our two buildings together with an overhead CAT6 line as they weren’t allowed to use the BT ducts.

    • Avatar TheFacts

      Hyperoptic Ltd have code powers.

    • The picture is from London and there’s even some video of them in the process of doing it (the BBC covered this sometime ago). In fact we’ve got a few other pictures from other parts of the city.

      I wouldn’t be surprised if they also worked with other utility firms, possibly including Openreach, where it makes sense but they do certainly do a lot of their own work. So to say they don’t install “any” of their own fibre is wrong, we’ve seen it, they do.

  3. Avatar Pete Woods

    Jealous! Shame my home city of Lancaster is probably too small to attract these guys.

  4. Avatar fastman2

    peter are you not covered under lanc BDUK in lancaster or are oyu not covered by anything

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