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Friday, June 25th, 2021 (10:32 am) - Score 1,680
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Full fibre broadband ISP Hyperoptic UK has secured new partnership agreements with Birmingham Council and the City of Wolverhampton Council in the West Midlands of England. The move will enable them to expand their gigabit-capable network to cover tens of thousands of additional homes in both cities.

At present the provider’s broadband network already exists in parts of around 43 UK towns and cities, across well over 400,000 premises, although they’ve previously expressed an ambition to cover 2 million UK premises by the end of 2021 and then 5 million by the end of 2024 (mostly in urban areas).

Sadly, today’s announcement doesn’t tell us precisely what kind of “partnershipHyperoptic has managed to secure with the two local authorities, but in our experience it usually involves some sort of master wayleave agreement (legal land/property access rights etc.) to help the operator access council’s owned social housing estates and or other facilities (street furniture etc.) to run their fibre.

Under the new deal Birmingham Council, which has a huge social housing portfolio of approximately 62,000 homes, will initially see FTTP/B being deployed to a “first tranche” of 8,000 homes and more may follow. Similarly, the City of Wolverhampton Council owns approximately 21,000 homes, with Hyperoptic starting their build with 1,000 homes on the authority’s largest estate, Heath Town.

As part of this new partnership with Birmingham Council, Hyperoptic will also be providing free gigabit speed broadband connectivity to local community centres.

Liam McAvoy, MD of Hyperoptic’s Business Development, said:

“We have spent the last decade relentlessly focussed on enabling as many people as possible to benefit from access to hyperfast, reliable broadband. We thank both Birmingham and Wolverhampton Council for enabling us to rollout our services to their housing stock. Councils have got a huge role to play in expediting the rollout of full fibre – and with these agreements in place, we can get cracking connecting people to a whole new level of broadband experience.”

Customers typically pay from around £22 per month for an unlimited 50Mbps service on Hyperoptic and this goes up to £45 for 900Mbps+ (symmetric speed) on a 12-month minimum contract term (discounts applied). A one-off £29 activation fee also applies to some packages, but others are free.

On top of that, Hyperoptic now has a new Fair Fibre Plan, which enables customers on specific means-tested benefits to get access to discounted rates. For example, with this plan its 50Mbps broadband-only service on a monthly rolling contract is available at just £15 a month. Faster Fair Fibre packages are also available, albeit at a higher price.

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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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8 Responses
  1. adslmax says:

    Please bring it to Telford!

    1. JP says:

      Telford don’t seem to have any existing network in place for Hyperoptic, been network in Birmingham, Coventry and Wolverhampton for quite a few years now.

  2. Mark says:

    Can’t Exascale help you in Telford?

    1. Felix says:

      Nar, they are so small footprint and roll out is very slow compared to companies like Hyoer

    2. adslmax says:

      No, they are too expensive and far too slow.

  3. JP says:

    Hmm, yes just looked at their coverage maps and they’ve agreed installations at a lot of unlikely viable places….. high rise tower blocks seemingly all getting retro-fitted.

    I forsee alot of p’eed of folks however who live in houses in those areas with little or no options who will surely be annoyed at social tenants getting something ‘seemingly’ for nothing.

    However its also good to see Hyperoptic finding ways of expanding their infrstructure further into residential areas and potentially pooting in the backbone for future expansions.

    1. JP says:

      hahaha ‘pooting’… bed time.

  4. Leslie Ingley says:

    Hypertonic has Supposed to be had permission from Birmingham City council the last four or five months to nstall fibre into the my tower blocks it even on there web site but Nothing yet even though FTTP is on the wall outside my flat

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