Parts of the city can now access faster broadband with Hyperoptic targeting “thousands” of customers before end of the year
Hyperoptic’s fibre to the premise (FTTP) network has gone live in Birmingham, delivering speeds of 1Gbps to the second city.
The network is available at Queens College Chambers, a residential development in the city, and the company is hoping to connect “thousands” of businesses and residents by the end of the year.
Hyperoptic operates a number of FTTP networks across the country, reaching 100,000 properties, and as with other cities, it is targeting high density areas such as apartment blocks and business parks as well as premises that register their interest on the firm’s website.
“We are thrilled to switch on our gigabit services in Birmingham and add the city to our dedicated fibre network,” said Tim Huxtable, national team manager at Hyperoptic. “For too long residents and businesses in Birmingham have been short-changed with sub-standard broadband connectivity.
“With reliable, hyperfast broadband comes limitless business opportunities.”
FTTP offers faster speeds than the Fibre to the Cabinet (FTTC) technology, which currently accounts for the majority of the UK’s superfast broadband infrastructure, but uses copper for the final few hundred metres of a connection, meaning speeds can drop dramatically the further away a property is from an exchange.
Hyperoptic says just one percent of the UK can receive FTTP, a fraction of the estimated 80 percent that can receive superfast broadband. However rivals CityFibre, TalkTalk and Sky are working on rival FTTP infrastructure, while BT has plans to rollout ‘ultrafast’ broadband to millions of homes through a combination of FTTP and G.Fast technology, which speeds up copper connections.