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Hyperoptic’s 1Gbps FTTP Broadband Goes LIVE in Reading, Berkshire

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016 (10:31 am) - Score 1,275
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Ultrafast fibre optic ISP Hyperoptic has today announced that their 1000Mbps capable Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband network is now starting to go live across several large buildings in Reading (Berkshire, England).

The ISP generally focuses upon connecting larger buildings (e.g. Multi-Dwelling Units with at least 50 units) or big office blocks, where the local demand is deemed to be strong enough for them to invest. In keeping with that the first buildings to go live are Portman Square, Heron House and Cygnet House, a new build section of Kennet Island development.

Apparently “many more developments are currently undergoing installation” in Reading, including the new build sections of Kennet Island. The large town is one of twelve on the provider’s current roll-out plan, with others including London (this is where they have the most coverage), Glasgow, Sheffield, Cardiff, Bristol, Manchester, Leeds, Liverpool, Birmingham and Newcastle.

Philip Cooper, Hyperoptic’s Head of Field Sales, said:

Hyperoptic is investing heavily in infrastructure across Reading, to give residents and businesses access to the fastest broadband speeds in the UK. Reading was one of the first locations we announced as part of our ‘hypercities’ programme; so it’s fantastic to confirm that services are now live across the town – we are committed to connecting thousands more residents in the coming months, so that they can live their online lives without compromise.”

The ISP claims that Reading is also a “strategic focus” for them, not least because they opened an office in West Reading during 2014 for their customer services and warehouse staff, which has recently been “hugely extended” (the office now employs over 20 staff and is actively recruiting a Head of Customer Support and warehouse assistant / driver).

Otherwise Hyperoptic’s medium-term UK plan is to cover 500,000 premises by 2018 (they currently reach well over 100,000) and they’re also running a January Sale (here), which has helped to cut their service prices for new subscribers.

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  1. Avatar Davey

    I live in North Cornwall in an area that has seen vast amounts of road-ripping for fibre-optic-cables. In fact several Trans-Atlantic cables run through the area. After all this upheaval most people expected to see stunning increases in broadband speeds but it never happened, in fact one contractor said “Those cables are for people in London, they’re not for people round here!”
    For decades I’ve struggled with cables that incorporated corroded joints, severe tree-rubs and paths through flooded manholes. OK ADSL is vastly better than dial-up but more speed would be a bonus. Where I live FTTC will probably be all that will ever be available but there is a run of over a quarter of a mile to where the phone cabinets are. My searches reveal that 10MB/S looks like being the most that I will ever get, however on a good day 5MB/S is available with ADSL. With this being the case it is just not worth the hassle of upgrading, changing ones ISP and passwords everywhere. Now if 50MB/S was on offer or even a genuine 38MB/S (not an “Up to 38MB/S”) it might just be worth changing. Its now over 45 years since the first man walked on the moon but the line to my house is almost Stone Age.

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