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ISP Hyperoptic Sees Progress with Newcastle’s 1Gbps Broadband Roll-out

Tuesday, February 14th, 2017 (12:01 am) - Score 675

Thousands of residents at a number of developments across Newcastle city centre in North East England can now get access to Hyperoptic’s “ultrafast” fibre optic (FTTP/B) broadband network, which offers download speeds of up to 1000Mbps.

The city, which has been on the ISP’s roll-out plan since 2014 (here), forms part of Hyperoptic’s wider aim to expand the reach of their network to over 500,000 “homes” by 2018 2019. The ISP tends to focus their deployments on big office blocks and large apartment buildings (i.e. Multi-Dwelling-Units with at least 50 units), although they have recently branched out to cover a few housing estates (here).

So far their Fibre-to-the-Premise/Building (FTTP/B) network is already live in several developments across the city centre, including: Hanover Mill, The Bar, Centralofts, 55 Degrees North, Merchants Quay, Marconi House, Ouseburn Wharf and 38 Lower Friar Street. A number of other developments are also undergoing installation and Hyperoptic intends to continue doing this “across the length and breadth of the city.”

Tim Huxtable, Hyperoptic’s National Team Manager, said:

“We are thrilled to announce that Newcastle is now live with our ultrafast gigabit broadband – we have been investing heavily in infrastructure so that consumers and businesses in Newcastle can now have access to the fastest and most reliable connectivity on the market today. We have been hugely encouraged by the demand for our services thus far – we prioritise installations based on demand so we would encourage anyone who is interested in receiving our services to register on our website.”

Bernadette Atkinson, Property Manager at Trinity Estates, added:

“The feedback from our residents at ‘The Bar’ has been phenomenal. Installation was quick and Hyperoptic’s engineers were prepared to go the extra mile to achieve an outstanding standard of service. With Gigabit broadband our development is technologically future-proofed – it’s a huge selling point and it’s going down a storm with residents.”

Hyperoptic is also continuing to roll-out their network across a growing number of other UK cities including London (home to their biggest coverage), Birmingham, Glasgow, Cardiff, Bristol, Reading, Manchester, Leeds, Liverpool, Sheffield, Birmingham and Brighton. On top of that they’re also starting to reach parts of Portsmouth, Watford, Leicester, Southampton, Slough, Edinburgh and Woking.

The ISP claims to be “the UK’s fastest broadband provider,” although in fairness their network is only available to a small proportion of the country and there are other FTTP/H providers that also offer packages at the same symmetrical top speed (B4RN, Gigaclear etc.).

Otherwise customers typically choose either a broadband and phone bundle (attracts no connection fee) or a broadband-only service (attracts a one-off connection fee of £40). Both types of package offer unlimited usage, 24/7 support, an included wireless router, 12 month contract term and dynamic IP (CGNAT); add £5 for a Static IP instead. The current prices for these can be found below.

Bundles

20Mb Fibre Broadband & Phone
Price: £18 a month for 12 months (£25 thereafter)

100Mb Fibre Broadband & Phone
Price: £28 a month for 12 months (£38 thereafter)

1Gb Fibre Broadband & Phone
Price: £48 a month for 12 months (£63 thereafter)

Standalone

20Mb Fibre Broadband Only
Price: £16 a month for 12 months (£22 thereafter)

100Mb Fibre Broadband Only
Price: £26 a month for 12 months (£35 thereafter)

1Gb Fibre Broadband Only
Price: £46 a month for 12 months (£60 thereafter)

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