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Hyperoptic brings gigabit fibre broadband to Sheffield

Fibre broadband provider Hyperoptic is now offering download speeds of up to 1,000Mbps to customers in Sheffield. 

The London-based company, which bills itself as the UK’s leading provider of FTTP (Fibre to the Premises) broadband, has recently connected two developments in the centre of Sheffield; fancy student digs Pearl Works and the Mandale House apartments. 

While these are the only two developments currently served by Hyperoptic, the ISP plans to expand its coverage throughout the city. 

Hyperoptic’s national team manager Tim Huxtable said: “We announced last October that we had chosen Sheffield as one of our first hyper-cities. Since then we have been working hard implementing the infrastructure and engaging developers and building owners to schedule installation. 

Related: Hyperoptic launches £47/month gigabit fibre broadband“We have experienced amazing demand from the residents of Sheffield so we are thrilled to be satisfying it and bringing them world-class broadband speeds. Sheffield is a strategic city for Hyperoptic; we will be investing millions over the next couple of years.”

Hyperoptic says that it typically brings services to big property developments with 50 or more units but it’s willing to go for smaller apartments if the demand is high enough. Sheffielders who want Hyperoptic to fibre up their flat should register their interest and consider becoming a brand evangelist for the company. For your efforts you’ll get free gigabit broadband for a year along with undying glory. 

Hyperoptic’s top level service offers customers a symmetrical gigabit service – that’s download and upload speeds of 1,000Mbps. Folks who don’t need that kind of bandwidth can opt for a cheaper symmetrical 100Mbps service or the entry-level 20Mbps down 1Mbps up package. 

Unlike the superfast broadband services sold by ISPs using BT’s Openreach network, the top speeds you’ll get from a Hyperoptic line aren’t determined by your proximity to a street cabinet. On FTTC (Fibre to the Cabinet) lines, speeds degrade as the length of the copper ‘last mile’ link increases. 

While BT offers FTTP broadband in some places, the top download speeds possible on Openreach full fibre lines is currently 330Mbps.

Hyperoptic’s footprint is small, but growing; as well as Sheffield, customers in parts of Glasgow, Nottingham, Birmingham, Cardiff, Leeds, Manchester, Liverpool and London can also sign up. 

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