While Openreach may say that 24 Mbps is more than a typical family can use now, there are many people who do not consider themselves typical and Hyperoptic appears to be making good on its promises to deliver Gigabit broadband to those people who live in flats and apartments in London across 12 boroughs. While concentrated in London currently we can look forward to more news by the end of the year for about expansion outside London.
Hyperoptic has concentrated on the fibre to the building market, which is one that has successfully brought Gigabit options to many other European and Asian cites. To date they have wired up blocks that comprise 10,000 homes in Barnet, Croydon, Greenwich, Hammersmith and Fulham, Hounslow, Kensington and Chelsea, Lambeth, Newham, Southwark, Tower Hamlets, Wandsworth and Westminster. In terms of take-up we have been assured that it far exceeds the European average of 18.6% (FTTH Council Europe reports 31.9 million homes passed by fibre, with 5.95 million subscribing to a service) and importantly is growing daily.
Progress on the roll-out continues, and they aim to have passed 20,000 homes (in 100 major property developments) by the end of 2012 and forecasts are to keep going to connect half a million homes in the next five years.
"The broadband issues in the Docklands have been incredibly frustrating for us, so we are thrilled to be working with Hyperoptic to now provide our residents with the fastest broadband in the UK. We are working with Hyperoptic to supply its hyper-fast connection across our portfolio and integrate as part of our new developments moving forwards, which include iconic developments that are scheduled to launch in 2013 – the Pump House, Royal Docks and Canary Gateway"Gary Sacks, Managing Director at City and Docklands
While the big headline is the symmetric Gigabit service, for those who do not feel the need for all the speed they can actually buy a 20 Mbps service that starts at £12.50, the full Gigabit is available for just £50 per month.