Dana Tobak, Hyperoptic CEO receives a CBE in New Years Honours List
Hyperoptic is the second largest operator of FTTP/FTTB (full fibre) in the United Kingdon and until Openreach started to accelerate its full fibre plans was looking like it could have caught the encumbent operator. The work of Dana Tobak who as well as co-founding Hyperoptic in 2011, was also a co-founder of Be in 2005 and helped to push the popularity of ADSL2+ (up to 24 Mbps download) at a time when 1 to 2 Mbps speeds were the norm.
To be recognised in the New Year’s Honours list is very humbling. I would like to thank my business partner and Hyperoptic’s co-founder, Boris Ivanovic, for his inspiration and on-going support.
I would also like to thank my team for their commitment and phenomenal work that is enabling the Hyperoptic vision. The last year has been transformative for Hyperoptic and the broadband sector. I would like to commend both the government and Ofcom for their appreciation of the impact that alternative networks providers, like Hyperoptic, can have in moving the UK towards a gigabit nation.
Their work in ensuring the right market conditions for industry growth and increased investment will expedite the rollout of full fibre, which benefits the nation’s citizens and the digital economy. Dana Tobak, CEO of Hyperoptic
The company ambition is to push on from the around 300,000 premises footprint now to something like two million premises by 2022 and even further in 2025 with an ambition of five million homes. When Hyperoptic first appeared they looked to good to be true and it was not until everyone learnt that the people behind Be were involved did people take their appearance seriously and based on feedback from some campaigners there are still plenty of the public who still don’t believe that alternate providers such as Hyperoptic can deliver the 30 Mbps, 150 Mbps and 1000 Mbps products that they do.
This is not so much a marketing or PR failure by Hyperoptic, but the result of decades old entrenched feelings that it is the GPO who deliver telephone services, yes we know the GPO pre-dates BT and the decades of regulation reducing their dominance but many still appear to believe that for phone or internet if BT don’t sell it then its not possible.
Hyperoptic does have challenges in 2018 beyond increasing its footprint, the limited IPv4 pool that has lead to them using CGNAT or people paying an extra GBP5/m for a static IPv4 address is less than ideal and while IPv6 is being rolled out with it not being adopted fully by many internet based services it is not ideal for a public who want simple plug and play.
The problems around the 802.11n (2.4 GHz only) CPE look to be being resolved as a dual band device is being rolled out, the other large operator with a single band CPE is Sky and its Sky Hub (SR101/102) and that is very overdue in terms of replacement.