Hyperoptic offers 1Gb in UK
March 25, 2013
New ISP Hyperoptic is throwing down the gauntlet to the UK’s other broadband providers by offering home connections at one gigabit per second.
The start-up claims its top-speed service is 10 times faster than rival packages from BT and Virgin Media, with users able to download a HD movie in seconds.
Hyperoptic has already installed its fibre optic network in 20,000 homes in London – mostly in large blocks of flats and urban areas where installation costs are lower. The company is offering its one-gigabit-per-second broadband at £50 (€62) per month.
“You might not need one gigabit now, but history shows people will use it as time goes on,” said managing director Dana Tobak. “I wouldn’t pretend there is a need for a gigabit, but there isn’t a need for a Ferrari either.”
Hyperoptic is also targetting the TV market after hiring former BT Vision executive Darren Shenkin to develop its own service.