Businesses and apartments in three northern cities could soon have access to 1Gbps fibre services
Hyperoptic is rolling out gigabit (1Gbps) fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) networks in Manchester, Liverpool and Leeds, promising residents and businesses will soon be able to enjoy the “UK’s fastest broadband speeds.”
The company has already installed similar networks in Bristol, Cardiff, Reading and London and claims the use of FTTP technology will end the “uncertainty” of speeds of superfast connections delivered over fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) – the technology used by the majority of existing commercial fibre roll-outs.
“We are committed to providing UK consumers, left lagging in the slow-lane, with a real broadband alternative that is the best in the market today in both terms of speed and online experience,” said Dana Tobak, managing director at Hyperoptic. “You get what you pay for. Anytime. All the time. Full Stop.”
Hyperoptic’s network in London has expanded to 35,000 homes, spanning 150 major property developments in the capital – including the former London Olympic athletes’ village in Stratford- and hopes to reach half a million homes by 2018. Installation in the new gigabit cities will be based on demand, with Hyperoptic connecting buildings once there is enough interest from residents.
CityFibre has installed gigabit networks in Bournemouth, Peterborough and York, the latter of which is forming part of the planned Sky and TalkTalk fibre network in the city. Much of BT’s commercial rollout of fibre has focused on FTTC, but the firm is also delivering FTTP services to businesses and apartment buildings.
The 1Gbps speeds offered by FTTP services are 55 times faster than the average UK connection speed of 17.8Mbps, according to Ofcom.