Hyperoptic brings gigabit fibre to Liverpool

Fibre-to-the-premises provider Hyperoptic launches its gigabit broadband offering in a number of buildings in Liverpool

Gigabit broadband provider Hyperoptic has launched its fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) offering in Liverpool for the first time.

The supplier claimed it would be able to offer residents of a number of developments in the city symmetrical broadband speeds up to 50 times higher than the average broadband speed in Liverpool, which is 19.3Mbps, according to Ofcom.

Four developments: Hamilton House, The Reach, Waterloo Warehouse and the X Building are already receiving a live service, with a number of other new-build property developments – including City Quay, Kings Dock Mill, Princes Dock and Wapping Quay – scheduled to go online in the near future.

A further 16 developments are currently undergoing installation, according to Hyperoptic, which said it had plans to extend its footprint across Liverpool by the end of 2015.

“The reception to our services has been phenomenal,” said Hyperoptic national team manager Tim Huxtable. "The difference in experience is like chalk and cheese – with 19.3Mbps, a 50GB game would take over seven hours to download, but less than seven minutes with a gigabit connection."

According to Liverpool mayor Joe Anderson, improving broadband speeds is essential to growing the scale of businesses in the digital sector.

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“It’s also the foundation for successful home-working and enabling the people of Liverpool to enjoy the best of what true fibre speeds have to offer,” he said.

Anderson compared the presence of fibre broadband to utilities such as water, gas and electricity, and hoped it would attract more investment into the city.

One building resident selected by Hyperoptic said he had already found it far easier to work from home over a gigabit connection, particularly when it came to keeping a stable virtual private network connection online.

He added that it would potentially improve both his apartment’s desirability and market value when it came to sell.

Currently, Hyperoptic specialises in developments with 50 or more units, with installation prioritised in buildings where there is greatest demand from freeholders and residents. Along with a number of other FTTP providers currently working in the UK, it requires a minimum level of commitment; 10% of residents have to register their interest before it will begin work.

It also recently launched its first business product, offering tenants of multiple-occupancy office buildings three different packages with speeds topping out at 20Mbps, 100Mbps and 1Gbps respectively.

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