If broadband is a key part to your home or working life and you are happy living in London, then Prices Court, Battersea, Wandsworth would seem to be the place to be. Hyperoptic has gone live with its first fibre wired building of 133 flats. The company will offer fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) services and it should be future proof for speeds beyond 1Gbps (Gigabit per second) with PC Pro confirming that fibre termination has occurred in each flat
Fibre at 1 Gbps is nothing new, what is new are firms investing in delivering it to blocks of residential premises and then charging a reasonable price. The cheapest service from Hyperoptic starts at £12.50 and provides a 20 Mbps connection. 100 Mbps costs from £25 a month and the eye watering 1 Gbps is from £50 a month. The pricing is subject to a 12 month phone contract, and a typical setup fee of £40 applies. The service is unlimited, and to give you some idea of what you can do, uploading 500 photos (2.5 GB) would take around 20 seconds and a 5 GB movie download around 42 seconds, assuming there are no bottlenecks on the way or at the server end.
It appears we can look forward to more buildings being connected, and as a way of adding value or increasing the potential sale price for new flats it would make sense to install the best possible internet connection.
We are sure people will be thinking of what they can do with a Gigabit connection all to themselves. For the first customer this may be the case, but once a number of users connect the key will be how Hyperoptic manage the contention. If a building has a number of people buying the Gigabit service, we hope that they are providing more than a Gigabit link from the building to the network, or have network management in place to avoid the few heavy users squeezing out the slower package customers and raising latency for gamers. The rule that backhaul should be several times faster than any single user applies to all products, no matter whether wireless, copper based, coax or fibre and is not a unique factor in the UK, it applies worldwide.