Hyperoptic to bring 1Gbps service to another UK city
Gigabit broadband provider Hyperoptic is to build a Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) network in Glasgow, providing speeds of 1Gbps to homes and businesses in the city.
The company is already rolling out FTTP in Bristol, Cardiff, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester and Reading and says it “welcomes” the result of the Scottish independence referendum so it can press ahead with plans to bring gigabit speeds to Glasgow.
“Now that Scotland has confirmed that it will be staying within the UK, it is the perfect time to announce that Glasgow will be the next hyper-city,” explained Dana Tobak, Managing Director of Hyperoptic. “We look forward to bringing gigabit broadband, the fastest consumer broadband speeds in the UK, to Scotland.”
It is expected that Hyperoptic will prioritise premises that register an interest for the service as it has done in other cities. Earlier this year it announced plans to expand to Leeds, Liverpool and Manchester while it also operates networks in Bristol, Cardiff, London and Reading.
It connected its first residents in the Welsh capital last week, with Hayes Apartments, located above the St David’s shopping centre, capable of receiving gigabit speeds.
“We are always looking for businesses that will add to the competitiveness and growth of Cardiff,” said Ken Poole, head of economic development at the city of Cardiff. “Hyperoptic will be investing £4million in broadband infrastructure in Cardiff over the next five years – supporting our local economy as well as providing a service that is miles ahead of the competition. I strongly advise residents to get behind it, the more demand we can demonstrate the faster the rollout will be.”
Hyperoptic is one of 500 suppliers signed up to the Super Connected cities voucher scheme, which invites SMBs in 22 cities across the UK to apply for grants worth up to £3,000 for the installation of superfast broadband.