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Hyperoptic to launch gigabit fibre in Leicester, Edinburgh and 5 more UK cities

Fibre broadband provider Hyperoptic has announced the next seven UK cities due for an injection of gigabit Internet services. 

As well as Leicester, still undoubtedly high on the football club’s historic Premier League win, Hyperoptic is also setting up shop in Edinburgh, which will become the second city in Scotland where the company’s FTTP (Fibre to the Premises)-only wares are available. 

Hyperoptic’s services range from a basic 20Mbps down and 1Mbps up service to symmetrical 100Mbps and 1Gbps deals. Bandwidth on an FTTP line doesn’t degrade over distance in the same way that it does on an FTTC (Fibre to the Cabinet) line, meaning if you want to pay for a gigabit both ways, then that’s what you’ll get. 

How much is Hyperoptic and how fast is 1Gbps anyway? Comapre a gigabit to your current service with our Broadband Speed Test toolFTTC services, now available to over 25 million UK premises via BT’s Openreach network, deliver a top theoretical download speed of 80Mbps. The problem is, the further away your home or business is from a street cabinet, the slower your speeds will be. 

Steve Holford, Hyperoptic’s chief customer officer claims that customers are ‘losing patience’ with FTTC and want a full fat fibre service. 

“We are experiencing huge demand for our full fibre broadband,” said Holford. “Brits are losing patience with flaky FTTC packages, they want a hyperfast and reliable service that supports multiple users streaming and surfing the Internet at the same time.”

The technical advantages of FTTP aside, it should be noted that Hyperoptic concentrates its efforts on new builds and large apartment blocks where it can quickly connect a whole building and offer everyone up to 1Gbps services. 

Typically, Hyperoptic won’t consider digging for an apartment complex consisting of less than 50 dwellings. While we’ve recently seen the ISP commit to social housing initiatives in London and Salford, Hyperoptic’s managing director Dana Tobak has said that bringing its services to the suburbs isn’t on the company’s agenda for the foreseeable

Hyperoptic plans network expansion based on demand, meaning if you’re living in a new build and you want the company to come to your neck of the woods, get in touch and encourage your neighbours to do the same. 

Portsmouth, Slough, Southampton, Watford and Woking have also been named by Hyperoptic as it’s next ‘Gigabit Cities’, alongside London, Cardiff, Bristol, Brighton, Reading, Manchester, Leeds, Liverpool, Sheffield, Birmingham, Glasgow, Newcastle and Nottingham, where Hyperoptic’s services are currently available.

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