Salford council tenants get access to gigabit Hyperoptic broadband
Thousands of Salford residents will be able to get gigabit broadband after the local council announced it will be the first in the UK to roll out the technology across part of its housing portfolio.
Salford Council has agreed a supply deal with gigabit provider Hyperoptic, with installation already underway in a number of properties.
Fibre to the premises (FTTP) provider Hyperoptic installs fibre all the way into the development, rather than relying on copper cabling for the final connection into a building.
Installation in Salford is currently underway in the following buildings: Beech Court, Salix Court, Thorn Court, Spruce Court, Holm & Plane Court, Whitebeam, Hornbeam, Malus Court.
The buildings are due to be live by summer 2016.
Residents will be able to choose from packages including the full gigabit service, a 100Mbps or 20Mbps service.
They can be ordered on a contract-free basis without any need for credit checks, and a free 100Mbps broadband service will be available in the communal areas.
The supply deal supports Salford Council’s Digital Together campaign, which aims to get more people online in a drive to improve their job and life chances.
It is being supported by a program which will see volunteers given a tablet to train other people to use the internet. If they train more than 20 people a year, they get to keep the tablet, their broadband will be paid for and they will receive training.
Hyperoptic managing director Dana Tobak said: “We offer a compelling and innovative alternative for councils that want to futureproof their buildings with broadband infrastructure that will stand the test of time.
“Gigabit connectivity enables limitless opportunities – it supports and exceeds the government’s digital by default initiative.
“The UK is fast becoming a gigabit nation – we have pioneered this shift and we are delighted that Salford Council has taken the leap to become the first council to offer its residents world-class connectivity.”
Paul Dennett, assistant mayor for innovation, growth and prosperity for Salford Council, added: "The world is being transformed by a series of profound technological changes.
“Digital technology is changing our lives, our economy, our work and society.
“Through our regeneration work in Pendleton we have set in place the technological infrastructure that gives people living there an impressive digital capability and offer.
“Council-owned homes aren't often seen as being ahead of the technological curve, but in Salford we realise technological developments are critical to creating vibrant communities, whilst ensuring the sustainability of regeneration."
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