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Newcastle Now Has 1Gbps FTTP Broadband From Hyperoptic

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The broadband company moves closer to reaching its 500,000 properties target in 2019

Hyperoptic has connected the first customers to its 1Gbps fibre to the premise (FTTP) broadband network in Newcastle. 

The company has networks in 20 UK towns and cities and offers retail services using its infrastructure. It has so far raised £75 million and wants to cover more than 500,000 properties by 2019. 

The expansion in Newcastle was first detailed more than two years ago and is now live in several areas in the city, including Hanover Mill, The Bar, Centralofts, 55 Degrees North, Merchants Quay, Marconi House, Ouseburn Wharf and 38 Lower Friar Street. 

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Hyperoptic Newcastle 

“We are thrilled to announce that Newcastle is now live with our ultrafast gigabit broadband – we have been investing heavily in infrastructure so that consumers and businesses in Newcastle can now have access to the fastest and most reliable connectivity on the market today,” said Tim Huxtable, national team manager at Hyperoptic. 

“We have been hugely encouraged by the demand for our services thus far – we prioritise installations based on demand so we would encourage anyone who is interested in receiving our services to register on our website.” 

Hyperoptic typically targets businesses and apartment blocks with more than 50 residents. However it also working with home developers to connect new builds on order to meet its coverage targets. The first of these partnerships was in Welwyn Garden City and Hyperoptic will also connect new residents at the Battersea Power Station redevelopment from day one 

“With gigabit broadband our development is technologically future-proofed – it’s a huge selling point,” added Bernadette Atkinson, property manager at Trinity Estates. 

A number of ‘alternative’ providers such as CityFibre and Gigaclear are also building FTTP networks, while BT and Virgin Media are also rolling out the technology.

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