After the spat between BT and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, broadband provider Hyperoptic has stepped up to the plate and publicly offered to fibre up the borough without cabinets.
In a double raspberry blow to BT, Hyperoptic’s solution neatly side-steps the cabinet issue which caused the spat in the first place, and looks to provide the borough with faster speeds of up to 1Gbps.
“Local residents will no doubt be aghast by the news that BT Openreach has pulled out of plans to deploy superfast broadband (FTTC) services to 108 local street cabinets (covering 34,200 premises) across Kensington and Chelsea,” said a breathless Dana Pressman-Tobak, Managing Director of Hyperoptic.
Pressman-Tobak went on to reiterate that Hyperoptic’s solution is “driven by the mindset that fibre all the way is the only option to deliver hyper-fast broadband to satisfy the consumer broadband requirements of today and the future. It is already rolling out its 1 Gig fibre-to-the-building across property developments in London. Its solution also dispenses the need for street cabinets, as the fibre goes straight into the building. It’s no wonder the councils didn’t want to add another host of “green boxes” to the already crowded streets.”
Hyperoptic: Large providers are inadequate
Dana Pressman-Tobak went on to comment that big ISPs “inadequate solutions” for next-gen broadband have stalled Britain’s broadband development.
The UK sliding down the league tables has been partially driven “by the large providers who don’t want to cannibalise their customer base and where their existing [ADSL] technology is incompatible with the delivery of next generation broadband.
“Hyperoptic was founded to change this mindset. Its solution is driven by the mindset that fibre all the way is the only option to deliver hyper-fast broadband to satisfy the consumer broadband requirements of today and the future,” adding “Should residents in Kensington and Chelsea want to learn more about how they can still receive hyper-fast broadband, we urge them to get in touch.”
Spokespeople for the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea couldn’t be reached for a comment at the time of writing. We will of course update once we hear more.
Hyperoptic’s 1Gbps services are available to order now and costs £50 a month with phone line rental worked out at £12.50 a month, plus a one-off £40 set-up fee.