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ISP Hyperoptic Brings 1Gbps Broadband to 32 Y&Y Residential Blocks

Tuesday, March 12th, 2019 (12:56 pm) - Score 2,413
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Urban focused fibre optic broadband ISP Hyperoptic has reached a new agreement to install their 1Gbps capable “full fibre” (FTTP/B) network into 32 of Y&Y Management‘s large UK residential apartment buildings (usually equating to Multi-Dwelling Units with at least 50 units / flats each).

At present their ultrafast fibre network is said to cover more than 500,000 premises in parts of around 39 “Hyper Cities” (rising to 50 this year). On top of that they’re also in the process of investing £500m to expand their network to reach 2 million UK homes by the end of 2021 (here) and after that there’s an aspiration for 5 million premises by the end of 2024 (the latter will need more investment).

Meanwhile property asset management firm Y&Y Management is understood to look after a total of 300 residential blocks and over 20,000 individual homes, although today’s agreement only appears to reflect 32 of their blocks (likely to be those in areas where Hyperoptic’s network is nearby).

Joseph Gurvits, CEO of Y&Y Management, said:

“Our residents have chosen our blocks because of the quality of the properties. Flexible working, online streaming and connected homes are increasing residents’ demands for fast internet and this partnership enables us to provide this to our tenants. Managing high end properties is not just focusing on the quality of the building but also additional conveniences for tenants.”

Floyd Widener, MD of Sales at Hyperoptic, said:

“Hyperoptic was founded with one mission – to lead a step-change in broadband and Gigabit Britain. Partnerships are key to enable this, and we are very pleased to be working with Y&Y Management to deliver the UK’s fastest broadband across its portfolio. We are confident that residents will be delighted once they move to our service.”

Hyperoptic traditionally focuses on big urban residential buildings because they’re significantly more cost effective to connect. However there are tentative plans for the ISP to start targeting smaller blocks, housing and businesses over the next couple of years.

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6 Responses
  1. Avatar Luca

    1Gbps for 50 dwellings so erm 1000/50 that is peffetic.

    I am making assumption but I bet it is 1000 up and down so realistically if you take very little 5Mbps for sending things out (your requests to view website, your YouTube uploads, your Facebook photo shares and so on) then you are left with 750/50 so erm 15 per household. I know its 1000 shared but that means there is assumption not all will use Internet at same time. Well at peak they will….

    Hope no one paid then for this as it should have been 10Gbps bearer end to end minimum for 50.

    • Avatar JJ

      I myself have had 1Gbps symmetric for over 6 months with HyperOptic and I have to say that I haven’t noticed any contention.

      So what you said above could happen in theory but I haven’t seen that in practice at all. I have both downloaded and uploaded at very close to 1Gbps.

    • Avatar Rahul

      Unfortunately with Hyperoptic you won’t get 10Gbps anytime soon simply because Hyperoptic is not really pure Fibre Optic. It is Fibre to the Basement but the rest of the cables travel via Cat5e. Cat5e (twister pair of copper) can only deliver speeds of up to 1Gbps and only up to 100 meters in length.

      If a building is above 100 meters high from the basement those residents in the upper floors will not get those speeds as performance will degrade naturally.

      Hyperoptic have figured out that since most residential buildings on average are less than 100 meters in height, then most residents should be able to achieve 1Gbps. But then again you need to connect via Ethernet cable. With wireless it’s impossible to hit anywhere near 1Gbps.

      1Gbps will of-course be way more than enough. Most people can easily do most of their activities such as Facebook, Youtube uploading and viewing even with 10Mbps. You just won’t be able to upload or view at higher resolutions such as 4K without buffering issues.

      There shouldn’t be any real contention issues simply because it’s unlikely that the entire block of flats will all be subscribed to a 1Gbps service and even if it were the case it’s also unlikely that they’ll all be downloading or uploading something very heavy at the same moment in time.

      My only concern is what happens in future when Hyperoptic start providing faster speed packages. They will then need to have to replace those Cat5e cables with Cat6/7 cables to support speeds above 1Gbps.

      Hyperoptic is still a much better service than FTTC and they are doing a great job for now. But in future those cables entering the residential properties in buildings will need to be replaced with either Fibre cables or Cat6/7 otherwise other altnet FTTP providers will dominate the market & Hyperoptic might lose popularity.

    • Avatar Blueacid

      I’m on Hyperoptic 1gbps. Certainly my use is peaky rather than sustained heavy usage, which is what I imagine Hyperoptic are banking on.

      However, whenever I transfer data it is rapid. Regularly seeing 800-900mbps; it seems a bit odd but I’m really not worried about that last hundred or so mbps.

      Maybe contention could start to become an issue in some areas, but for now, having had gigabit for almost a year, I’ve not had any issues.

      Of course it’s worth pointing out that Hyperoptic have 3 connection speed tiers, 30/1, 150/150 and 1000/1000. I’d speculate wildly that they’ve got a lot of people on the lower speed, cheaper packages, which might make managing the network a little easier!

  2. Avatar Brian Gibson

    All social housing in Liverpool has become a no go area for HYPEROPTIC, choosing instead
    Affluent well off areas and Luxury apartments instead.
    If you live in social housing in Liverpool and register an interest in HYPEROPTIC services on their website
    You have no chance of ever having FTTP installed by this company.

  3. Avatar Mihai

    And here we were having 1gbps per head like 12 years ago in Romania. This is laughable at best.

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