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Hyperoptic close to national roll-out
Wednesday 21 March 2012 16:24:51 by Andrew Ferguson

Hyperoptic questions the lack of a long term view from the UK Government in relation to it spending £150m across 20 cities on ultra-fast broadband, where firms like Hyperoptic are already investing.

"There are big questions to be asked following the Chancellor superfast broadband city proposals. It’s clear that there is a need to improve broadband speed and quality for both consumers and businesses, especially in light of recent reports that the UK’s economy is evermore relying on eCommerce; the UK currently ranks number one in all G20 nations in terms of the amount the internet contributes to its GDP.

But in order to compete in a global broadband arena the government needs to take a long term view and focus on encouraging broadband providers to adopt fibre-to-the-building models in cities. Anything less is not ideal. Currently providers are taking their time adopting this approach, because they don’t want to cannibalise their customer base and the technology is not compatible with their legacy network. Hyperoptic, as the first broadband provider to make 1 Gig happen in the UK, is already rolling out fibre-to-the-building across London and giving customers hyper-fast speeds. Such is the strength of the commercial case, Hyperoptic will be announcing our national roll out strategy to other cities later this year. If the Government has £100 million to spare then we would advise that it puts the funds towards rural broadband projects, where the commercial case is far weaker."

Dana Pressman-Tobak, Managing Director of Hyperoptic

Hyperoptic may not have millions of customers, but the fact that they are making a go of fibre to the building, suggests that the sums do stack up in some areas and the news of expansion to other parts of the UK will be welcomed by many who see the firm as a breath of fresh air amongst the traditional teleco's like BT and Virgin Media.

Since Hyperoptic started to appear in London, Openreach has become a lot more visible in the fibre to the building arena, which can be viewed in two ways, a predatory nature trying to ensure that a new start-up does not undermine their model, or Hyperoptic has shown that what old stalwarts within the BT Group thought was not possible is actually possible.

Comments

Posted by New_Londoner over 5 years ago
Interesting comment n the final paragraph but didn't Openreach begin rolling out FTTP in Milton Keynes and Highams Park some time before Hyperoptic launched? What is the relataive scale of each comapany's current FTTB roll-outs? Are any other providers doing this?
Posted by herdwick over 5 years ago
So how many customers do Hyperoptic have ? 133 was as far as their press releases took me. Their last press release was 5 months ago, trumpeting their first 1 Gig deployment.
Posted by andrew (Favicon staff member) over 5 years ago
Subtle difference FTTP roll-outs are usually the classic terrace/suburb.

FTTB more suited to flats/apartments.
Posted by zemadeiran over 5 years ago
I am too tired to comment ;)
Posted by solcuerda over 5 years ago
I am sure HyperOptic will be just as successful as all the other FTTP startups who've made big bold announcements over the years. (where are they now)

I wish them the best of luck.
Posted by AndrueC over 5 years ago
Strange how few of those startups flop. It could almost lead people to think that perhaps BT is not an incompetent, obese, megacorporation and that perhaps they know how much things cost to build and operate.

What a weird notion :)
Posted by 1GigabitDreams over 5 years ago
In answer to New_Londoner Yes other providers are already supplying 1Gigabit fibre connections to businesses and residents. For example, Venus Business Communications has a real network with PoPs across London and is delivering connections at Gigabit speeds to the media and broadcast industry, hoteliers and residential apartments in London.
Posted by doowles over 5 years ago
Sorry but they don't even have any agreements with leaseholders yet other than 1 building in London.

Until they get the big housing associations on board they won't get anywhere.

The gap in the market is now, if they don't take advantage of it in the next few years there simply won't be anything left for them.
Posted by thesimo over 5 years ago
1 building? that's a bold statement. Care to back it up?
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