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Hyperoptic takes gigabit broadband to seven new UK towns and cities

Wednesday, June 1st 2016 by Phil Wilkinson-Jones

Hyperoptic has announced plans to extend its fibre broadband network to seven new cities and towns.

The fibre to the premises (FTTP) provider already offers gigabit services in London, Cardiff, Bristol, Brighton, Reading, Manchester, Leeds, Liverpool, Sheffield, Birmingham, Glasgow, Newcastle and Nottingham.

Residents of Portsmouth (pictured), Watford, Leicester, Southampton, Slough, Edinburgh and Woking are now being encouraged to register their interest.

Hyperoptic, which specialises in connecting blocks of flats, is able to offer speeds up to one gigabit (1,000 Mbps) by running its own fibre optic cables all the way into a building, bypassing BT’s traditional copper infrastructure.

Steve Holford, Hyperoptic’s chief customer officer, said: “We are experiencing huge demand for our full fibre broadband – Brits are losing patience with flaky FTTC (fibre to the cabinet) packages, they want a hyperfast and reliable service that supports multiple users streaming and surfing the internet at the same time.

“We are committed to lead a step change in British broadband, setting a gold standard example for others to follow.”

He added: “In Europe there are over 35.9m FTTP subscribers – these users are getting the best out of the Internet and reaping the social and economic benefits.

“Digital leadership will not be achieved by sweating copper assets, but through innovative companies like ours increasing the availability of FTTP broadband.

“By expanding our footprint we are giving even more Brits the opportunity to experience the power of hyperfast broadband.”

'Connected world'

Earlier this year, Hyperoptic announced that it had installed gigabit services at Sussex Heights – the tallest residential building on the south coast of England.

The company is working with a number of other developments in Brighton and anticipates thousands of people in the city will be using Hyperoptic connections by the end of the year.

The board of Sussex Heights said: “Being the first property in Brighton to offer residents gigabit broadband is a huge coup for us.

“We live in a connected world – for today’s resident fast and reliable broadband provision is on par with utilities like gas, water and electricity.

“With Hyperoptic we are giving our residents access to the best and fastest broadband the market has to offer – it’s a huge draw for movers that want an internet connection that they can truly rely upon.”

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