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Hyperoptic targets three more UK cities for 1Gbps broadband

Jennifer Scott

Three more cities in the UK now have access to 1Gbps fibre to the home (FTTH) broadband, with private firm Hyperoptic revealing plans to extend its footprint.

The company was founded in 2011 and received a £50m investment from Quantum Strategic Partners in May last year, giving it the opportunity to expand.

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Hyperoptic already provides 1Gbps connections to homes and businesses in London, such as the East Village in Stratford – the former Athlete’s Village during the London 2012 Olympic Games – thanks to partnerships with freeholders, developers, property managers and residents.  

It has announced plans to extend its network to reach more than 35,000 homes across 150 major property developments in the capital, as well as set a target of serving 500,000 homes by 2018.

However, Hyperoptic has now also started to look further afield and today announced its fibre broadband services were available to residents and companies across Bristol, Cardiff and Reading.

The cities were chosen based on a number of factors, including population density and consumer interest.

“Our ground-breaking broadband speeds have been available to schemes in London since 2011, and there is clearly robust demand for speed, reliability and connectivity across the UK,” said Dana Tobak, managing director and co-founder of Hyperoptic.

“This is no more true than in these three cities, which we are pleased to name as our first ‘hypercities’ outside the capital.”

Hyperoptic doesn’t plan to stop at four locations and will continue to spread its solution across the UK in the coming years. However, it has yet to reveal where those future towns and cities may be.  

Residents and developers wanting to look at bringing the 1Gbps service to their buildings are advised to register interest on the Hyperoptic website.


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