Hyperoptic driving the growth of FTTB in the UK
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 soonCoverage 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