Fibre broadband ISP Hyperoptic is bringing gigabit services to Reading, Bristol and Cardiff.
The London-based ISP previously only offered services to customers in parts of the UK capital but had spoken of plans to launch in ten more cities.
Dana Tobak, managing director and co-founder of Hyperoptic said: “We are delighted to bring Hyperoptic to residential and commercial developments in Bristol, Cardiff and Reading.”
“Our ground-breaking broadband speeds have been available to schemes in London since 2011, and there is clearly robust demand for speed, reliability and connectivity across the UK. This is no more true than in these three cities, which we are pleased to name as our first ‘hypercities’ outside the capital.”
Hyperoptic says that it plans to launch the service in additional areas over the next few months as well as expanding its footprint in London.
More than 35,000 homes spanning 150 major property developments in the capital, with a target of half a million homes by 2018. Hyperoptic recently installed fibre broadband the former Olympics Athletes’ Village in Stratford, London, offering its basic 20Mbps service for free.
Hyperoptic hasn’t announced exactly which residential and commercial developments in Reading, Bristol and Cardiff will be able to order its products, but it’s encouraging residents and developers who want gigabit broadband to register their interest on Hyperoptic’s site.
The three cities were chosen based on a number of factors including existing demand and population density.
The ISP launched its gigabit (1,000Mbps) symmetrical residential broadband service in the UK in September 2011. This speed remains 68 times faster than the current national average.
Additional reporting by Thomas Newton