Urban fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) broadband supplier Hyperoptic has begun work on installing an ultrafast service in Brighton.
The firm has already rolled out gigabit broadband offerings in Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Nottingham, Newcastle, Reading and Sheffield, working with owners and developers of apartment buildings to install full FTTP broadband connections into each flat.
Hyperoptic works with both new-build and existing developments. In Brighton, its service has already gone live in the 1960s Sussex Heights residential development, offering speeds of up to 135 times faster than traditional asymmetric digital subscriber line (ADSL) broadband.
“Being the first property in Brighton to offer residents gigabit broadband is a huge coup for us. We live in a connected world - for today’s resident fast and reliable broadband provision is on par with utilities like gas, water and electricity,” said a representative of the Sussex Heights board.
“With Hyperoptic we are giving our residents access to the best and fastest broadband the market has to offer - it’s a huge draw for movers that want an internet connection that they can truly rely on.”
Hyperoptic’s south-eastern director, Philip Cooper, said: “Brighton is renowned for being home to one of the most vibrant digital scenes in the UK. For digital communities to thrive it is imperative that they have the infrastructure that will help, rather than hinder, their development.”
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Cooper said the city had been on its radar for over a year, and the firm had already received a number of requests from developments, residents and local businesses – having launched its own business broadband and leased line products in 2015.
Hyperoptic said it hoped at least a thousand properties in Brighton would take a service by the end of 2016, and is targeting half a million premises by 2018.