Gigabit broadband ISP Hyperoptic has installed its fibre services in the former Olympic Athletes Village in Stratford, with some residents getting a 20Mbps service for free.
Private rental homes in the neighbourhood managed by Get Living London will have the free 20Mbps service, which include free local and national calls at evenings and weekends.
Residents who want to upgrade to Hyperoptic’s 100Mbps or hyperfast 1Gbps products can do so for the discounted price of just £10 or £20 a month respectively, on a 30-day rolling contract.
Read Recombu Digital’s guide to HyperopticOther homes across the area will be able to sign up for Hyperoptic’s FTTP (Fibre to the Premises) services at the standard rates of £12.50/month, £25/month and £50/month for 20Mbps, 100Mbps and 1Gbps respectively.
Dana Tobak, managing director and co-founder of Hyperoptic, commented: “We are delighted to bring the UK’s fastest and most innovative fibre broadband infrastructure to East Village. The selection by East Village of tomorrow’s, not just today’s, fibre technology clearly represents a real commitment to ‘future proofing’ the scheme and ensuring it stands the test of time.”
Hyperoptic’s services are symmetrical, meaning they provide the same bandwidth for download and uploads. The majority of home broadband services are asymmetric, typically with a much higher download speed than uploads.
While BT’s network upgrade will see 19 million homes connected to fibre-based broadband by Spring 2014, most of these connections will be FTTC (Fibre to the Cabinet) based. Pending the results of trials of new technologies, this can currently only provide speeds of up to 80Mbps. BT does offer FTTP broadband, providing up to 330Mbps speeds, but only in a small number of areas.
While Hyperoptic’s home services are undoubtedly faster, they’re currently only available in certain parts of London.
Plans are afoot for Hyperoptic to expand and launch in other UK cities. As part of the government’s Super Connected Cities voucher scheme Hyperoptic will be offering services to firms based in Bristol, Cardiff and Manchester. Hyperoptic aims to have 500,000 subscribers connected within the next five years.