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Glasgow Harbour development gets gigabit broadband from Hyperoptic

Friday, September 18th 2015 by Phil Wilkinson-Jones

Hyperoptic has delivered gigabit broadband to a housing development in Glasgow – and says it will invest millions across the city over the coming years.

The provider yesterday switched on its service at Glasgow Harbour, an urban regeneration scheme in Partick, giving residents access to speeds up to 1Gbps.

Installations are also underway at a number of developments around Glasgow.

Rod McKendrick, a Glasgow Harbour resident, said: “I have been counting the days to my Hyperoptic installation.

“Previously I would be lucky to get 3Mbps – it took months to back up my hard drive. The slow speeds hugely impacted my quality of life – streaming even standard definition TV was impossible.

“With hyperfast speeds comes limitless possibilities, I can enjoy a video on YouTube whenever I want, watch HD movies from across the globe – and other people can access my internet at the same time without there being any degradation in the quality.

“It is just such a relief to finally have a service that works.”

Hyperoptic uses fibre to the premises (FTTP) broadband, completely bypassing BT Openreach’s existing copper network.

It focuses on developments with 50 or more units and installations are prioritised in the buildings where there is the greatest demand from the freeholder and tenants.

Tim Huxtable, Hyperoptic’s national team manager, said: “Hyperoptic chose Glasgow as its first Scottish city because of its thriving digital scene and the strong demand from residents.

'Transformation'

“We will be investing millions over the next couple of years in broadband infrastructure across Glasgow, with the aim of having thousands of residents and businesses connected within the next year.”

Scotland’s deputy first minister John Swinney said: “I am very pleased to welcome Hyperoptic’s substantial investment in Glasgow’s digital infrastructure.

“The future-proofed fibre infrastructure that will be delivered will make a key contribution to our vision of Scotland having world-class digital connectivity by 2020.

“Hyperoptic’s investment will support Glasgow’s businesses and residents to access the modern digital infrastructure which is critical in supporting the wider transformation of the city, helping to attract new businesses, create jobs and support major regeneration.

“As Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow will have a unique selling point as one of the most prominent digitally-connected locations anywhere in Europe.

“This will raise Glasgow’s profile and we strongly welcome Hyperoptic’s investment in Scotland.”

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