Newcastle City Council is to provide 1Gbps ‘ultrafast’ broadband coverage to 25 social housing developments in a bid to ensure residents can access the full range of public services.
The company has agreed similar deals with housing associations and local authorities, including Salford, Nottingham and Thurrock, and claims the network extension is of little or no cost to the council.
So far, 1,180 properties have been connected and work is underway to connect a further 5,000.
“In the world we live in today good quality, high speed broadband can be the key to success when it comes to education, employment and social inclusion,” said Jane Streather, Cabinet Member for Housing and Public Health. “As more and more services go online we recognise that providing ultrafast, reliable and affordable broadband is an essential part of our drive to increase digital inclusion.
“By working in partnership with Hyperoptic, whose gold standard services have been tried and tested by other councils, we know our tenants will receive the best Internet experience possible in the UK today.”
Last week Hyperoptic raised a fresh ?100 million in funding and announced plans to bring FTTP to two million homes by 2022 and five million by 2025. The company, which operates networks in 28 towns and cities across the UK, currently reaches 350,000 homes and businesses.
“Public services are becoming digital by choice. We are equipping and enabling social housing tenants to access these services in the best way possible – with an Internet connection that helps rather than hinders, and will stand the test of time as technology advances,” added Tim Huxtable, Regional Director, Hyperoptic.
“Social housing is a strategic priority for us – the public sector has a huge role to play in fulfilling the vision of a full fibre UK and bridging the digital divide.”
The majority of the UK’s superfast broadband infrastructure makes use of fibre to the cabinet (FTTC) technology. However Openreach plans to reach 12 million homes by the end of the decade using a combination of fibre to the premise (FTTP) and G.Fast, which speeds up copper connections. Coincidentally, the Gosforth area of Newcastle was one of Openreach’s trial locations. It has also launched a consultation to investigate the feasibility of a wider rollout of FTTP. 2
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Openreach has introduced a special ultrafast broadband package with download speeds of 1Gb – or 1,000 megabits per second. Previously, broadband at this speed was only available from BT for business broadband customers, but now the 1Gb connections can be ordered for our homes as well. The connections will be in the areas of the country where Openreach’s FTTP network is – that’s fibre-to-the-premises, in which your broadband line is completely fibre optic right from the exchange to your building. Unfortunately, that part of the network isn’t very wide, only covering about 327,000 homes and businesses, but if you’re in the right area then you’re in luck. It’s currently being developed in parts of Bath, Bradford, Bristol, Liverpool, London, Manchester, and Salford, and it’s already live in Kirkgate, Listerhills and Fieldhead business parks, Haydon Wick, Campton, and Meppershall.
Openreach is hoping the FTTP network will reach two million premises, and expand ultrafast broadband coverage to 12 million premises, by the end of 2020, so keep your eyes peeled. Openreach CEO Clive Selley said: “We’re committed to taking the UK from being a superfast to an ultrafast nation, and whilst we’re extending the reach of our fibre-to-the-premises network, we’re also boosting the speed and variety of the services we can offer over it.
“We’ve been working closely with our wholesale CP customers to develop these new ultrafast products, and we expect the new higher speed services will be of particular interest to small and medium businesses.”
Wholesale prices for the service will range from ?15.29 per month for an up to 40Mb download speed (2Mb upload speed) package, all the way up to ?80 per month for the fastest 1Gb (220Mb upload) package. A mid-way package with download speeds up to 500Mb and upload speeds up to 165Mb will cost ?55 per month.
Those are wholesale prices, mind, and they don’t include VAT, so it’ll likely cost a little more for customers.
The new packages will be available from 7 December.
Openreach announced the first nine locations that will benefit from a new Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) product specifically designed for SMEs in the UK, offering ultrafast speeds of up to 1Gbps. The roll out forms part of Openreach s wider plan to make ultrafast broadband available – via FTTP and G.Fast technology1 – to up to one million businesses in the country by the end of 2020. Openreach said that the deployment will be focused on SMEs located in high streets, science and business parks and clusters of businesses that do not have access to fibre broadband from Openreach today. The first areas to benefit include parts of Bath, Bradford, Bristol, Liverpool, Manchester and Salford – as well as Westminster, Holborn and the City in London. The new network will be rolled out over the course of the next nine months, with communications providers expected to be able to offer ultrafast speeds to businesses from the end of December.
While more than 300,000 homes and businesses already have access to Openreach s FTTP network, hundreds of thousands more are expected to be connected as the company continues to expand its service and as it ramps up top speeds from 330Mbps to 1Gbps on the network.
Clive Selley, CEO of Openreach
Our aim is to make ultrafast broadband available to 12 million homes and businesses by the end of 2020.
SMEs have told us they want an alternative to dedicated lines and that is what we are going to give them.