UK-based internet service provider (ISP) Hyperoptic has announced that four new cities have been connected via its 1Gbps fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) network, namely: Newcastle, Sheffield, Birmingham and Nottingham. The company, which first rolled out Gigabit services in London September 2011, has revealed that it is close to connecting more than 75,000 homes across 480 sites, and aims to extend its footprint to half a million homes by 2018.
The ISP notes that the cities are ‘chosen by demand and [the] number of residential developments’. Hyperoptic currently offers services in London, Cardiff and Bristol, with deployments underway in Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds, Reading and Glasgow.
Hyperoptic works in partnership with developers and building management companies to install its direct fibre access infrastructure into their buildings. As such, partnerships are in currently in place with property developers including Barratt London, St George and Regis Group. Hyperoptic initially only installed its fibre networks in housing developments containing 80 units or more, but is now able to offer its service to developments containing just 50 units.