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Salford UK Council Deploy FTTP Ultrafast Broadband to Housing Blocks

Wednesday, March 16th, 2016 (9:30 am) - Score 973

Thousands of residents in Salford (Greater Manchester, England) look set to benefit after fibre optic ISP Hyperoptic announced that the local council had become the first in the UK to roll-out their 1Gbps capable Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband network across its housing portfolio.

The ISP normally 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. Until now the majority of related deployments have tended to focus on larger non-council owned buildings.

But most recently Hyperoptic have also reached an agreement to roll-out into a number of the Hyde Group’s (Housing Association) buildings and today’s announcement appears to be following that same approach (here).

The new agreement with Salford Council, which has spent the past three years modernising some of its housing stock, means that “thousands of its residents” in the metropolitan borough will gain access to Hyperoptic’s ultrafast broadband network and the first properties are expected to go live this summer 2016.

Installation is currently underway with the following buildings:

Beech Court
Salix Court
Thorn Court
Spruce Court
Holm & Plane Court
Whitebeam
Hornbeam
Malus Court

On top of that the deal will also make a free 100Mbps broadband service available in the communal areas of each building, which will be delivered via a public WiFi network.

Dana Tobak, MD of Hyperoptic, said:

“We offer a compelling and innovative alternative for council’s that want to future proof their buildings with broadband infrastructure that will stand the test of time. Gigabit connectivity enables limitless opportunities – it supports and exceeds the government’s digital by default initiative.

The UK is fast becoming a gigabit nation – we have pioneered this shift and we are delighted that Salford Council has taken the leap to become the first council to offer its residents world-class connectivity.”

Councillor Paul Dennett added:

“The world is being transformed by a series of profound technological changes. Digital technology is changing our lives, our economy, our work and society. Through our regeneration work in Pendleton we have set in place the technological infrastructure that gives people living there an impressive digital capability and offer.

Council owned homes aren’t often seen as being ahead of the technological curve, but in Salford we realise technological developments are critical to creating vibrant communities, whilst ensuring the sustainability of regeneration.”

The development will support Hyperoptic’s medium-term UK plan to cover 500,000 premises by 2018 (they coming up to about the half-way mark). As usual residents will be offered an array of affordable 20Mbps, 100Mbps and 1000Mbps broadband packages, which can be taken with or without a phone service (all of these can be ordered on a contract-free basis and without any need for credit checks).

Prices for a normal 20Mbps (1Mbps upload) broadband and phone bundle tend to start at £9 per month (currently free for the first 12 months of service) + £16 line rental (total £25 per month) and go up to £47 per month (currently discounted to £30 for the first 12 months) + line rental for a symmetric 1000Mbps package.

Customers also benefit from an unlimited usage allowance and included HyperHub wireless router. A 12 month contract term applies. The service can also be purchased as a standalone broadband package, but this attracts a £40 one-off connection fee and a higher monthly rental (e.g. £11 for 20Mbps, £25 for 100Mbps and £51 for 1000Mbps); on the upside you get a 30 day contract.

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By Mark Jackson
Mark is a professional technology writer, IT consultant and computer engineer from Dorset (England), he also founded ISPreview in 1999 and enjoys analysing the latest telecoms and broadband developments. Find me on Twitter, , Facebook and Linkedin.
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