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Salford Council Pioneers Gigabit Broadband

March 16, 2016

Salford Council today announces that it will be the first council in the UK to rollout gigabit broadband across its council housing portfolio. Thousands of its residents will then have access to the fastest broadband speeds in the UK.

It has agreed the supply deal with the UK’s leading Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) provider, Hyperoptic. The buildings are due to be live by summer 2016.
Installation is currently underway with the following buildings:
  • Beech Court
  • Salix Court
  • Thorn Court
  • Spruce Court
  • Holm & Plane Court
  • Whitebeam
  • Hornbeam
  • Malus Court
Hyperoptic enables its gigabit broadband speeds by installing its fibre all the way into the property (FTTP), unlike other broadband providers who only run fibre to the green box at the end of the street (Fibre-to-the-Cabinet/ FTTC). Because of this true fibre approach, residents never have to worry about peak-time slowdowns, buffering or frustrating timeouts, and can benefit from much faster, symmetrical broadband.

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. A free 100Mbps broadband service will be available in the communal areas.

The supply deal supports Salford Council’s Digital Together campaign, which aims to get more people online in a drive to improve their job and life chances. It is being supported by a program where residents will train neighbours on how to use the Internet effectively. Each volunteer will be provided with a tablet to train others and in return they get to keep their iPad if they train over 20 people a year, their broadband will be paid for and they will receive training.

Dana Tobak, MD, Hyperoptic, adds: “We offer a compelling and innovative alternative for council’s that want to future proof their buildings with broadband infrastructure that will stand the test of time. Gigabit connectivity enables limitless opportunities – it supports and exceeds the government’s digital by default initiative.

“The UK is fast becoming a gigabit nation - we have pioneered this shift and we are delighted that Salford Council has taken the leap to become the first council to offer its residents world-class connectivity.“

Paul Dennett, Assistant Mayor for Innovation, Growth and Prosperity for Salford Council added: "The world is being transformed by a series of profound technological changes. Digital technology is changing our lives, our economy, our work and society. Through our regeneration work in Pendleton we have set in place the technological infrastructure that gives people living there an impressive digital capability and offer. Council owned homes aren't often seen as being ahead of the technological curve, but in Salford we realise technological developments are critical to creating vibrant communities, whilst ensuring the sustainability of regeneration"

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