Fibre To the Home (FTTH)
Hyperoptic gigabit broadband has been available in London since 2011 and this service has now become available in three more cities, namely, Reading, Cardiff and Bristol together these four cities are labelled “hypercities”. This allows the residents of these areas to have access to some of the fastest broadband speeds in the UK.
Hyperoptic is continuing its expansion across London whilst simultaneously looking to rollout the service in other cities.
The company’s plans are to have the service available in over 35000 homes in 150 of London’s major developments and the aim is that by 2018 to have half a million of the capital’s households covered. One area to benefit is the former Olympic Athletes’ Village in Stratford.
Praise has come from Karin Ahl of FTTH Council Europe on the steps being taken in the UK to improve broadband. However, the downside is that the Department of Culture, Media and Sport has stated that the Government’s Digital Communications Infrastructures Strategy will be a key player in Britain’s installation of the necessary infrastructure between 2025 and 2030. It predicts that the UK will remain on the world’s leading digital nations!
Apparently the EU member governments have a responsibility to introduce “future-proof broadband plans” and at national level. According to Miss Ahl “In this context it is key for the British Government to take a leading role to have a clear vision and develop a long term strategy for future-proof broadband deployment”.
All of this leads to a “wide range of benefits” with businesses and key public sector services. Hopefully all of this will also help home workers and small businesses that are being run from home.
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