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South London new builds get gigabit broadband thanks to Bellway and Hyperoptic

Wednesday, April 25th 2018 by Emma Woollacott

Home buyers at five new housing developments in south London won't have to fret about when they can get their broadband up and running: builder Bellway South London is promising access to gigabit broadband speeds from day one.

The company, a division of major house-builder Bellway, is partnering with Hyperoptic, the UK's leading residential gigabit broadband provider to install the system as part of the build.

Hyperoptic's full fibre approach enables symmetrical gigabit broadband services – 1,000Mbps – which is more than 27 times faster than the average speed across the UK. This means that HD movies can be downloaded in seconds and even large families can all use the internet at once without bickering.

The five developments are Solomon's Seal in Broadbridge Heath, Trinity Quarter in Guildford, Ikon in Croydon (pictured), Walton Park in Walton on Thames and Little Meadow in Cranleigh.

'Work from home'

In recent years, connectivity has become one of the key factors in choosing a home: In a survey carried out for Broadband Genie, nearly half of the 2,000 respondents said they wouldn't buy a place unless it had fast broadband access.

But as investigations by Cable.co.uk have shown, a surprising number of new homes are still being built without decent connectivity.

Residents of Bellway's new developments will certainly need it to make use of features like internet-controlled thermostats and doorbells, voice-activated assistants, remote monitoring apps and device-controlled appliances.

"We're not surprised that so many people rank a good broadband speed as a must-have. The internet is now an integral part of our lives, and many of us use it to work from home, to plan our social lives and to stream TV or movies," said Nicky Chapman, sales director for Bellway's South London division.

"We appreciate how important it is for buyers that they have a fast broadband connection, and that's why we're making sure it's available for our new residents."

Hyperoptic customers will get a choice of services, including broadband only, broadband and phone bundles, 12-month contracts or no contract at all, with just 30 days' notice and no minimum term.

Broadband and phone deals start at £18 a month for fibre, broadband and phone for 12 months, rising to £25 after that, for a 30Mps service. The 150Mbps service is priced at £28 a month, while 1Gbps will set you back by £49 a month. The packages also include unlimited usage, 24/7 support, a wireless router and dynamic IP address.

Hyperoptic has already installed its services across nearly 4,000 of Bellway's properties elsewhere in the UK - and says it aims to hit more than five million UK homes with its full-fibre network by 2025.

However, the company has suffered a little embarrassment this week after it was revealed that itsH298N and H298A HyperHub routers, made by ZTE, were vulnerable to hacking. Today, though, it has announced that it's issued a patch to fix the problem, setting new individual root passwords for every router.

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