Liverpool Becomes Latest UK Gigabit City

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LIVERPOOL, UK — Consumers in Liverpool can now enjoy gigabit broadband services, the fastest fiber broadband speeds in the UK, thanks to Hyperoptic, the UK’s leading fiber-to-the-building (FTTB) broadband provider.

Services are already live across five developments in the city including: Hamilton House, Waterloo Warehouse, The Reach and X Building; and will soon be launching in Wapping Quay, Kings Dock Mill, Princes Dock and City Quay. There are also a further 16 developments undergoing installation. Hyperoptic is committed to extend its footprint across the length and breadth of the city by the time the year is out.

According to Ofcom, the average broadband speed in Liverpool is 19.3 Mbps. Hyperoptic is providing a step-change in connectivity, giving city center residents access to symmetrical gigabit speeds, which equates to 1,000 Mbps — an eye-watering 50 times faster.

“Hyperoptic is revolutionizing broadband in Liverpool," said Tim Huxtable, national team manager, Hyperoptic. "We are investing millions in telecoms infrastructure to extend our footprint. The reception to our services has been phenomenal — the difference in experience is like chalk and cheese — with 19.3 Mbps, a 50 GB game would take over seven hours to download, but less than seven minutes with our gigabit connection.”

Fiber Installed Directly into a Development
Unlike other broadband providers, Hyperoptic installs fiber directly into a development, enabling symmetric gigabit FTTB broadband services. Other broadband providers claim to offer “fiber” broadband, but the fiber actually stops at the “cabinet” (fiber-to-the-cabinet). The consumer still receives their broadband through copper phone wires, which is why a consumer doesn't get the advertised speeds, and the service is subject to distance attenuation, peak-time slow-downs and discrepancies between upload and download speeds.

Hyperoptic focuses on bringing its services into developments with 50 or more units. Installations are prioritized in buildings where there is greatest demand from the freeholder and residents. Once at least ten percent of residents have registered interest, Hyperoptic works with building management to arrange installation.

Growing Digital Business Sector
“This is tremendous news," said Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson, welcoming Hyperoptic to the city. "Hyperoptic’s offer helps transform us into a truly ‘Gig City’ and gives Liverpool a massive competitive edge. We want to grow the scale and breadth of businesses in the digital sector and improving broadband speeds is essential in allowing that to happen. It’s also the foundation for successful home-working and enabling the people of Liverpool to enjoy the best of what true fiber speeds have to offer.

“When we think of key utilities like water, gas and electricity we should also now think of superfast broadband. It’s an essential building-block in growing businesses and attracting new investment into the city as well as improving and future proofing the online lives of all.”

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