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Hyperoptic Deploy 1000Mbps FTTB Broadband to 100,000 Urban UK Premises

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015 (12:01 am) - Score 1,179

Urban fibre optic ISP Hyperoptic has today announced that their Gigabit (1Gbps) capable FTTB/H broadband network has now been rolled out to reach 100,000 premises across the UK cities of London, Cardiff, Bristol, Reading, Manchester, Leeds, Liverpool, Sheffield, Birmingham, Glasgow, Newcastle and Nottingham.

The provider tends to focus on connecting larger buildings (e.g. Multi-Dwelling Units) with at least 50 units and as of today they’ve managed to reach 1,000 such sites, although most of their live services are in London, with a few others in London, Cardiff, Bristol, Reading, Manchester, Leeds and Liverpool. However installations are already underway to connect sites in Sheffield, Birmingham, Glasgow, Newcastle and Nottingham.

Hyperoptic’s on-going deployments are largely being supported by an investment of £50 million from Quantum Strategic Partners (here) and their end-goal is to reach 500,000 homes and businesses by 2018. It’s worth pointing out that today’s announcement is a big leap from the 75,000 premises they reported in October 2014 and the 35,000 in February 2014, so if this progress continues then that target still looks valid.

Dana Tobak, Managing Director of Hyperoptic, said:

FTTH is the gold standard for broadband and we are committed to lead the charge to increase understanding and availability across the UK. Consumers deserve access to true fibre connectivity, which is now commonplace in other nations.

Broadband has become a utility that we can’t live without – Brits are now doubling their broadband data usage year-on-year. Buyers and renters beware; check the speeds and offerings at homes before buying or moving in. Speed matters. Hyperoptic enabled homes are growing every day – making them more marketable because it’s indisputable that they can support the broadband usage requirements of today and tomorrow.”

It’s noted that Hyperoptic usually focuses on installing its service where the building is of the right size (as above) andat least” 10% of residents have registered their interest. The ISP can do both new builds and existing buildings via retrofitting fibre. Better yet they’ve done all of this without any need for state aid.

Check out our interview from last year in order to get a bit more detail and learn which buildings they currently cover (here).

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4 Responses
  1. Avatar M says:

    Potentially 100,000 less BTOR based and Virgin Media customers. Time for them to wake up and realise communication over copper is becoming unfavourable in this day and age before they risk losing even more. Good on Hyperoptic (BE)!

  2. Avatar Henry says:

    Hyperoptic seems to target buildings without Virgin Media and without Openreach FTTC, so most of its customers are either new builds or previously had ADSL.

    Sadly it also does not seem to offer a service to individual houses, even if they are close to flats it does serve.

    1. Avatar X66yh says:

      That is their chosen business sector.
      High end multiple occupancy apartments.
      They are a fibre to the basement company.(FTTB)
      They put in their equipment/ONT/Switches into the basement/service/plant rooms where their incoming fibre terminates and then distribute the service to each apartment mostly by cat6 cable.
      I’d expect internal ductwork/risers to apartments/floors would already exist in most of this sort of building.

      All quite different from individual fibre to a private dwelling house.

  3. Avatar adslmax says:

    Hyperoptic is good but not good enough. It’s only run in the cities area only. Nothing interesting for million of homes in local or villages is a big blow!

    I agree that Hyperoptic is far better than Virgin Media and BT Openreach for a real genuine fiber optic!

    Virgin Media & BTO isn’t 100% real fiber.

    I do hope one day Google Fiber will come to UK.

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