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Hyde Housing Go Gigabit With Hyperoptic
February 15, 2016
The Hyde Group, one of the UK’s leading Housing Associations, today announces that it will soon be offering its residents access to the fastest broadband service in the UK.
The UK’s leading Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) provider, Hyperoptic, is enabling the connectivity. The project is being piloted across six of Hyde Housing’s existing developments in South London - Eyot House, Hicks House and The Parker Building in Bermondsey and Pinter, Arden and Beckett House in Stockwell. The agreement also includes two new build sites in Southwark and Harrow.
As Hyperoptic installs its fibre broadband all the way into a development, it enables symmetrical ‘gigabit’ speeds of 1,000Mbps, which are over 135 times faster than traditional ASDL services.
Residents will be able to choose from a number of affordable broadband and landline packages, including the full gigabit service, or a 100Mbps or 20Mbps service – all of which can be ordered on a contract-free basis, without any need for credit checks. As a result of this offer The Hyde Group’s social housing tenants in affected blocks will be able to access a 2Mb/s service from Hyperoptic.
Shaun Holdcroft, Regional Director, The Hyde Group, comments: “We were looking for a partner who could do two things. Firstly they had to offer something to help our offline social tenants to get on-line, our latest figures show offline rates amongst our tenants are 23% compared to 14% in the rest of the UK.
“Secondly they had to have experience in providing their services in new build developments as hyper-fast reliable broadband is increasingly expected by our new customers. Hyperoptic met these objectives fully and we are delighted to be the first housing association to work out a deal to provide fibre to our residents that benefits all our customers.”
This new infrastructure from Hyperoptic supports the government's "digital by default” programme, which has made it increasingly important to get people online, as government services become digitised. Online families can also make significant savings - it’s widely accepted that households can save £560 per year from shopping and paying bills online.
Dana Tobak, MD, Hyperoptic, adds: “Hyperoptic is renowned for setting the gold standard in fibre broadband. We passionately believe that reliable, fast broadband access should be the norm, not the exception. We are working hard to increase our UK footprint so even more people can enjoy living their online lives without compromise and bridge the digital divide.”
It is expected that services will be live across Hyde Housing’s pilot buildings by September 2016 The agreement allows for further Hyde blocks, both existing and new build, to be connected once the pilot has been completed.