Hyperoptic targets four more UK cities for gigabit broadband

UK alternative broadband services provider Hyperoptic says it will roll out its gigabit fiber to the home (FTTH) network in Newcastle, Sheffield, Birmingham, and Nottingham. The new cities, in addition to the recently announced expansion into Glasgow, Scotland, will extend the operator’s footprint to more than 75,000 homes spanning 480 sites, with a target of half a million homes by 2018.

UK alternative broadband services provider Hyperoptic says it will roll out its gigabit fiber to the home (FTTH) network in Newcastle, Sheffield, Birmingham, and Nottingham. The new cities, in addition to the recently announced expansion into Glasgow, Scotland, will extend the operator’s footprint to more than 75,000 homes spanning 480 sites, with a target of half a million homes by 2018.

Hyperoptic currently provides services across London, as well as in Cardiff and Bristol (see "Hyperoptic brings 1-Gbps FTTH to Bristol, Cardiff, Reading"). Installations are underway in Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds, and Reading. The service provider asserts these cities were chosen by demand and number of residential developments. In addition, Hyperoptic has been successful in partnering with developers and building management companies to install its fiber-optic broadband infrastructure directly into their buildings.

"Broadband has become a key consideration that affects where people choose to live, alongside being close to friends, family, and good transport links. It forms the foundation of the connected home," said Paul McFadyen, director of Regis Group PLC, one of Hyperoptic’s development partners. "By partnering with Hyperoptic we can be guaranteed that our residents have a seamless broadband experience today, and that the connection is future-proofed for the next era of technology."

Said Communications Minister Ed Vaizey, "Government is fully aware of the tremendous contribution that companies such as Hyperoptic are making to the UK's Internet industry. Cutting-edge technology is the foundation for growth and innovation and today's announcement is fantastic news for Newcastle, Sheffield, Birmingham and Nottingham."

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