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.