First properties in Nottingham are connected to Hyperoptic network, with promise of city-wide coverage by end of 2015
Hyperoptic’s fibre to the premise (FTTP) network in Nottingham is now live, offering residents and businesses speeds of up to 1Gbps.
The service is available in Marco Island, a city centre development, and the company has committed to covering the “length and breadth” of the city before the end of the year.
The company will prioritise high density developments with 50 more units and areas in which residents and freeholders have indicated demand.
“We are delighted to see new internet service providers entering the Nottingham market, as this enables more high speed services to the small business community,” said Councillor Nick McDonald of Nottingham City Council.
“We’re encouraging the growth of the supplier market, as we know access to fast, reliable broadband is essential and is one of the foundations needed to encourage more growth in the city. It’s a great time to welcome Hyperoptic as businesses can currently access funded grants through us to cover the cost of upgrading their connection.”
Hyperoptic is a participant of the government’s super connected city voucher scheme, which provides SMBs with grants of up to £3,000 to improve their connectivity. Hyperoptic operates a number of FTTP networks across the country, reaching 100,000 properties.
FTTP offers faster speeds than the Fibre to the Cabinet (FTTC) technology, which currently accounts for the majority of the UK’s superfast broadband infrastructure, but uses copper for the final few hundred metres of a connection, meaning speeds can drop dramatically the further away a property is from an exchange.
Hyperoptic says just one percent of the UK can receive FTTP, a fraction of the estimated 80 percent that can receive superfast broadband. However rivals CityFibre, TalkTalk and Sky are working on rival FTTP infrastructure, while BT has plans to rollout speeds of 500Mbps using existing copper infrastructure thanks to G.Fast technology.