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Hyperoptic driving the growth of FTTB in the UK
Monday 09 September 2013 17:01:30 by Andrew Ferguson

Hyperoptic has at last had a case study of its FTTB based service added to the Fibre to the Home Council Europe website, which showcases various FTTH and FTTB deployments across Europe and is the fourth case study for the UK.

Hyperoptic has to date concentrated on its deployment in London and building the expertise in dealing with building owners and management companies, which should hopefully help as they plan to roll-out outside the capital. Hyperoptic has a stand at the Resi Conference in Newport running on 12th and 13th September as they work to expand in the residential market.

As things stand the network covers some 20,000 homes in the various signed-up buildings. FTTB which is what Hyperoptic are rolling out is a lot more popular across Europe where living in flats in cities is more more common that in the UK, and involves running fibre to the building and usually using Gigabit Ethernet to distribute around the building, or for larger blocks fibre will be run to a suitable point on each floor and then Ethernet into each flat.

From speed tests we can see for Hyperoptic based connections not everyone is jumping onto the full Gigabit package from £50 per month, but for those that are the speeds are impressive, there are not many providers in the UK that can talk of an average download speed of 165 Mbps and an average upload of 133 Mbps. This may sound slow for a headline Gigabit service, but remember this will include customers opting for the cheaper 20 Mbps and 100 Mbps products too.

For those looking for the ultimate in consumer broadband in London, the list of buildings where the service is live or will shortly be is below.

Albion Riverside, Barrier Point, Brentford Lock, Burrells Wharf, Canary Central, Centrillion Point, Cheyne Court, City Harbour, City Quarter, City Tower, Clifford's Inn, Elektron and Switch House, Empire Square, Factory Quarter, Gallions Reach, Grand Union Village, Great West Quarter, Kenilworth Court, Knightsbridge Apartments, Lanterns Court, Montevetro, Neo Bankside, New Caledonian Wharf, Pacific Wharf, Plantation Wharf, Price's Court, Queen Mary's Place, Regent on the River, RGK Apartments, Riverside Plaza, Riverside Quarter, Royal Artillery Quays, Strata, Stratford Halo, The Jam Factory, The Water Gardens Paddington, Water Gardens Canada Water, Whitehouse Apartments, Woodland Crescent are all offering a live service now.

Greenwich Millennium Village - partially live

Barking Central, Brentford Dock, Spice Quay Heights are all coming soon

Coverage list for Hyperoptic

To give you some idea of what a Gigabit connection means, even if downloading at just half speed (500 Mbps) you would download a 20GB game for your new Xbox One or PS4 in the New Year in just 6 minutes, on a FTTC connection running at 40 Mbps this would take around 70 minutes.

Update 11:20am Per-Gunnar Ostby has just joined Hyperoptic from Quest Software as the new Director of Sales. Prior to working at Quest he was responsible for sales and products at Be Unlimited.

"“Having worked with Boris and Dana at Be, I am excited to come on board at Hyperoptic, where they are again setting new standards in hyperfast broadband provision. Consumers and businesses have woken up to the fact that many ISPs over-promise and under-deliver when it comes to speed and quality of broadband services and now recognise the need for next generation connectivity and technology. I relish the challenge of helping Hyperoptic achieve their ambitious goals and delivering true FTTH technology to the UK at last"

Per-Gunnar Ostby, new Director of Sales at Hyperoptic


Posted by cyberdoyle over 3 years ago
wowsers! that's the way to do IT. Go Hyperoptic. Well done to all involved, lets get this country off the feeble old phone network and onto proper fibre.
Posted by Dixinormous over 3 years ago
Given most are in houses not apartment blocks covering us all with FTTB may be a challenge.
Posted by GMAN99 over 3 years ago
20,000 homes out of around 20+million in the UK, I'll not hold my breath
Posted by mdar5 over 3 years ago
25 million homes in UK
but hey whats a million here and there when you have done 20K homes.

Posted by Going_Digital over 3 years ago
They could in theory do a street is they were able to agree with a homeowner to host an aggregation point and then run cables from there. Would be interesting to see if anyone tries this.
Posted by themanstan over 3 years ago
But run cables how? Through gardens (big problems with freeholders) or via poles or ducts (PIA or digging)?
I can't see this being any cheaper to roll-out than for fibre and cable...
Posted by themanstan over 3 years ago
Best to stick what they are good at and install in apartment blocks, they have an edge and have had recent £50M investment so they can really compete!
Posted by mervl over 3 years ago
Cancel BDUK! Poor broadband? Just move into an apartment block where you will be able to get the Hyperoptic service.
Posted by GMAN99 over 3 years ago
As long as you are in one of the 10 cites mervl, most yet to be deployed
Posted by mervl over 3 years ago
GMANN: just think about it: incentivise Hyperoptic, provide competition for the BT sloths, breathe life into the moribund property market, encourage efficient brownfield development, sustainability and all that; and deficit reduction too, and a ready market for HS2 - gosh all Britain's economic woes will be at an end. [Sarcasm: hint for the Chancellor].
Posted by chrisdixon2 over 3 years ago
An almost pointless article, they will only ever be able to offer this to really high density places like flats without significant investment. BT and the other massive IT suppliers have the government in their pocket.
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