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Monday, May 30th, 2016 (4:24 pm) - Score 2,643
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Fibre optic ISP Hyperoptic, which are already deploying their ultrafast 1Gbps (Gigabit per second) capable Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP/B) broadband network into 13 cities across the United Kingdom, have confirmed that they will be adding seven new “hyper-cities” to that list.

The service, which is generally intended to connect homes inside big apartments (i.e. Multi-Dwelling-Units with at least 50 units) or office blocks, is already being deployed into related parts of London, Birmingham, Glasgow, Cardiff, Bristol, Reading, Manchester, Leeds, Liverpool, Sheffield, Birmingham, Newcastle and most recently Brighton was also added to the list.

The good news is that Hyperoptic will now be taking their total city count to 20 with the additions of Portsmouth, Watford, Leicester, Southampton, Slough, Edinburgh and Woking. Better yet their network is already said to be “live” in these cities and the first buildings to benefit will soon be targeted based on local demand (i.e. if you have an apartment in one of Hyperoptic’s cities then let them know you want their service)

The ISP quotes data from Thinkbroadband and notes that “many residents in these areas have to endure significantly slower speeds,” although it should be said that speedtests are often a poor gauge of underlying network availability (i.e. faster services are often available, but many consumers may not yet be prepared, aware or even able to move).

Average broadband speeds in new hyper-cities

City/ town Average download speed Average upload speed
Edinburgh 22.9 Mbps 3.8 Mbps
Leicester 31 Mbps 4.1 Mbps
Portsmouth 27.8 Mbps 4.4 Mbps
Slough 29.4 Mbps 4.8 Mbps
Southampton 27.8 Mbps 4.1 Mbps
Watford 35.7 Mbps 5.1 Mbps
Woking 34.2 Mbps 5 Mbps

Overall we believe that the provider now has a network that covers somewhere around 200,000 UK premises (one of these days we hope they’ll be able to furnish us with a concrete figure *subtle hint*) and we’ve been told that their long-held goal of expanding coverage to 500,000 premises by 2018 remains intact. Certainly today’s news would appear to support that direction.

Steve Holford, Hyperoptic’s Chief Customer Officer, told ISPreview.co.uk:

“We are experiencing huge demand for our full fibre broadband – Brits are losing patience with flaky FTTC packages, they want a hyperfast and reliable service that supports multiple users streaming and surfing the Internet at the same time. We are committed to lead a step change in British broadband, setting a gold standard example for others to follow.

In Europe there are over 35.9 million FTTP subscribers – these users are getting the best out of the Internet and reaping the social and economic benefits. Digital leadership will not be achieved by sweating copper assets, but through innovative companies like ours increasing the availability of FTTP broadband. By expanding our footprint we are giving even more Brits the opportunity to experience the power of hyperfast broadband – we are confident as soon as the try full fibre broadband they won’t ever want to go back!”

Hyperoptic has certainly come a long way from its tentative beginnings in London, where they focused upon serving the big residential buildings that BT had so often left neglected. Thankfully BT’s failure to deliver a good service has also proven to be the lifeblood for competitors like Hyperoptic, which have been able to fill the digitally disadvantaged niche left behind.

In the grander scheme of things Hyperoptic are still of a limit scale, but that scale is growing faster than a hyperactive cat and their influence in the market is beginning to show some serious weight. On the other hand Virgin Media’s plan to put 1 million+ premises within reach of FTTP and BT’s own 2 million+ goal by 2020 (here) might introduce some additional pressure to the fight.

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5 Responses
  1. Avatar Sgt AMYNTAS

    Like many has said and i have said Full Fibre is Cheaper in the Long run 😛 when you add all the cost up avg engineer local call outs, upgrades, line remastering, line gimps, line failures due to corrosion, cabinet overloads, power failures on CP side, all these are just some of the factors a copper infrastructure is PLAGUED with! The Issue with Pure fibre is where and when to install it! its about demand and the council permissions.it takes around 30mins to terminate a fibre line at a premises and run a full Db check. it takes more than 30 mins to terminate copper and run a full db check because you have to drive back to the cab and exchange to swap pairs and find and locate. but likewise our copper infrastructure is finally on its last legs people are demanding pure fibre. and myself for one i offer internal pure fibre over legacy copper! its so much more cheaper for myself to terminate fibre than copper! as i dont buy crap! i prefer future proofing not barley staying up with the game! well done to Hyperoptic… which im sure is in either partnership or uses cityfibres network… but anyway keep up the good work 😛

    • Avatar John Rotton

      Sgt AMYNTAS, So that there is no confusion, Hyperoptic is not in partnership with CityFibre and has nothing to do with Cityfibre. Infact Hyperoptic uses BT’s Network.

  2. Avatar Dave P

    does anybody know if these guys will pull to a single home if you cover costs?

    The street next time mine is listed as registering interest.

    Would love to take up some 1gps/1gps

    • Avatar FibreLess

      I tried a number of times to get them to come to our development, spoke to some quite senior people in Hyperoptic and even had a site visit but it never went any further. Worth a try i suppose.

  3. Avatar Simon

    Im in Edinburgh and still can’t even get 1mbps download.

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