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Hyperoptic hypes its optics

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A new ISP arrived today courtesy of Be Broadband's founders, offering extremely speedy fibre connections. However the telco currently has very limited reach to some larger residential and commercial properties in London.

Hyperoptic is offering 1 Gbit/s fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) to some homes and businesses in the capital and added that it would begin rolling out the tech to other UK cities next year.

The company, founded by Be founders Boris Ivanovic and Dana Tobak, claimed in a statement that its fibre network would deliver speeds as advertised.

"This contrasts with copper-based services, where the distance you live from the exchange and the number of other customers using the service determines your usable speed," it said.

Prices start at £12.50 per month for the outfit's 20Mbit/s connectivity, rising to £25 per month for 100Mbit/s and £50 per month for its so-called Hyper-sonic 1Gbit/s package.

“There is a preconception that fibre optic is expensive and therefore cannot be made available to consumers," said Tobak.

"At the same time, the UK is effectively lagging in our rate of fibre broadband adoption, holding us back in so many ways – from an economic and social perspective."

The company's initial strategy for rolling out its tech appears to be relying on large residential buildings such as blocks of flats to sign up to its FTTP offerings.

That obviously means convincing landlords to take a shine to the plan.

In its statement, the company cited a recent survey that claimed that property values could rise for dwellings with faster online connections. ®

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