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Hyperoptic tackles Birmingham's 'sub-standard' broadband connectivity

Friday, October 16th 2015 by Phil Wilkinson-Jones

Residents living in one of Birmingham’s most historic buildings can now enjoy some of the city’s fastest broadband speeds.

Gigabit broadband has been installed at Queen's College Chambers, a former medical school in the city centre built in 1843.

The work was carried out by Hyperoptic, which specialises in serving residential developments of 50 or more units and provides speeds up to 1,000Mbps through its fibre to the premises service.

A number of other developments are also undergoing installation, with Hyperoptic aiming to connect thousands of residents and businesses in Birmingham to its network by the end of the year.

Tim Huxtable, Hyperoptic’s national team manager, said: “We are thrilled to switch on our gigabit services in Birmingham and add the city to our dedicated fibre network.

“For too long residents and businesses in Birmingham have been short-changed with sub-standard broadband connectivity – across the city the average broadband speed is 20.7Mbps."

He added: "With reliable, hyperfast broadband comes limitless business opportunities and the ability to live our lives without compromise or worrying about bandwidth and taking it in turns to go online.”

Welcoming Hyperoptic to the city, Councillor Lisa Trickett, cabinet member for sustainability, said: “I am pleased to see new private sector investment in the city that enables access to faster broadband services for our citizens and businesses.

'Further investments'

“I am sure that this will encourage further investments and will ensure that Birmingham’s residents continue to benefit from great digital services.”

Last month, Hyperoptic delivered gigabit broadband to a housing development in Glasgow and pledged to invest millions across the city over the coming years.

The provider switched on its service at Glasgow Harbour, an urban regeneration scheme in Partick.

Resident Rod McKendrick said he had been counting down the days to the 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.

He said hyperfast speeds meant he can enjoy a video on YouTube whenever he wants, watch HD movies from across the world, and other people can access his connection at the same time without any degradation in quality.

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

Picture courtesy of Stephen Richards.

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