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Nottingham Joins UK Gigabit Cities
August 18, 2015
Nottingham is the latest UK city to boast ‘gigabit’ status – broadband infrastructure that enables symmetrical speeds of 1,000Mbps, over 135 times faster than traditional ASDL services.
Hyperoptic, the UK’s leading Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband provider, is enabling gigabit connectivity across the city. Unlike other broadband providers that only run fibre to the green box at the end of the street (Fibre-to-the-Cabinet), Hyperoptic installs fibre all the way into the development, which eliminates peak-time slowdowns, buffering and frustrating timeouts.
Tim Huxtable, National Team Manager, Hyperoptic, comments: “Hyperoptic is investing heavily in infrastructure across Nottingham, to give residents and businesses access to the fastest broadband speeds in the UK. We have been hugely encouraged by the appetite for our hyperfast broadband - we choose our cities based on registrations of interest, so it’s fantastic to be fulfilling this demand in Nottingham.”
Hyperoptic’s services are already live in Marco Island, one of the biggest developments in Nottingham city centre. A number of other developments are also undergoing installation. Hyperoptic is committed to extend its footprint across the length and breadth of the city by the time the year is out.
Henry Machin, Resident, Marco Island, adds: “I only moved into the development a few months ago and the main reason I chose it was because I heard that Hyperoptic was installing its full fibre broadband services. Broadband has always been a big bugbear of mine; I get really frustrated by the time it takes to upload content and the lack of reliability when I am gaming or streaming HD movies. What I love about Hyperoptic is that I no longer have to think about my broadband, it just works.”
Gavin Mearns, Residential Block Manager, Eddisons Residential, adds: “The feedback about Hyperoptic’s services has been phenomenal. We are always looking for innovative ways to further enhance the residents’ experience. Fast, reliable broadband has moved from a nicety to a necessity, so we are thrilled to be able to offer the option of gigabit connectivity in addition to our suite of residents’ services.”
Hyperoptic focuses on bringing its services into developments with 50 or more units. Installations are prioritised in buildings where there is greatest demand from the freeholder and residents. It offers a range of residential packages, including competitive broadband and landline packages, broadband only services and contract free options. Hyperoptic also has a range market-leading business propositions, including offering leased lines, shared leased lines and business broadband products.
Welcoming Hyperoptic to the city, Councillor Nick McDonald of Nottingham City Council, Portfolio Holder for Jobs, Skills and Transport, commented: “We are delighted to see new internet service providers entering the Nottingham market, as this enables more high speed services to the small business community. We’re encouraging the growth of the supplier market, as we know access to fast, reliable broadband is essential and is one of the foundations needed to encourage more growth in the city. It’s a great time to welcome Hyperoptic as businesses can currently access funded grants through us to cover the cost of upgrading their connection.”
Hyperoptic is a registered partner of the Super Connected Cities scheme. For more information on the Broadband Vouchers for business scheme, please visit www.nottinghamcity.gov.uk/connectionvouchers. Broadband grants are provided to SMEs, small businesses, landlords and social enterprises as defined by the eligibility criteria given below. Funding is available until April 2016 or until all funding has been allocated. Businesses must be based in the City of Nottingham, or in the Greater Nottingham areas of Broxtowe, Gedling, Rushcliffe or Hucknall. Businesses can check their location by visiting https://www.connectionvouchers.co.uk.