UK fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) provider Hyperoptic has launched its gigabit broadband services in its ninth city, Birmingham. The first building in the city to be connected to Hyperoptic’s 1Gbps-capable network is Queens College Chambers, a central residential development, while a number of other local developments are undergoing installation. Hyperoptic aims to have ‘thousands’ of Birmingham residents and businesses connected to its network by the end of the year. The launch follows a string of other recent commercial FTTP city launches for Hyperoptic, including: Glasgow (September 2015), Nottingham (July 2015), Leeds (February 2015), Manchester and Liverpool (December 2014), Cardiff (September 2014) and Bristol (July 2014), following its FTTP debut in London in October 2011.
According to its website’s coverage map, Hyperoptic is currently registering interest from potential residential/business FTTP customers in various other UK cities including Southampton, Portsmouth, Brighton, Luton, Milton Keynes, Cambridge, Bedford, Newport, Wolverhampton, Bolton, Sheffield, Bradford, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Sunderland and Edinburgh. The map also shows it is already taking orders from customers requesting FTTP connections in Reading, in addition to various locations earmarked for expansions across Greater London and other cities within its existing footprint.
Hyperoptic focuses on bringing its residential services into developments with 50 or more units, where residents have registered their interest via the website, prioritising installations based on greatest demand. In addition to its top-end 1Gbps symmetrical connections, Hyperoptic offers a range of unlimited residential packages including 20Mbps and 100Mbps lines, with options such as broadband-only services and contract-free packages, alongside various business broadband products.