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Hyperoptic 1Gbps Broadband Now Available In Reading

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Hyperoptic to cover the entire of Reading with fibre by the end of 2016 after switch on

Hyperoptic has switched on its fibre to the premise (FTTP) network in Reading, delivering broadband speeds of up to 1Gbps to the Berkshire town.

The service in live at Portman Square, Heron House and Cygnet House with a view to covering the entire of Reading 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.

Hyperoptic Reading

ReadingMost recently, it switched on a network in Sheffield, while it also has infrastructure in Birmingham, Glasgow, Nottingham and a number of other cities.

“Hyperoptic is investing heavily in infrastructure across Reading, to give residents and businesses access to the fastest broadband speeds in the UK,” said Philip Cooper, head of field sales at Hyperoptic.

“Reading was one of the first locations we announced as part of our ‘hypercities’ programme; so it’s fantastic to confirm that services are now live across the town – we are committed to connecting thousands more residents in the coming months, so that they can live their online lives without compromise.”

FTTP

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.

Gigaclear, another FTTP provider, recently announced plans to offer 5Gbps to rural properties connected to its networks.

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