Broadband company Hyperoptic now has it’s 1Gb broadband service available to 20,000 residential customers in London which is double it’s availability since October last year.
Hyperoptic have planned their deployment well and have targeted specific areas where they can aim to get a good number of new customers moving on board with them. Their plan has been to target blocks of flats with 100 or more flats in them in densely populated parts of London, this serves a great financial way for them to expand because they can roll out their service to plenty of new customers for less cost by targeting just 1 specific location with lots of potential new customers rather than having to target lots of areas to get the same number of potential customers.
The take up in some areas has been as much as 60% where customers have found huge benefits to switching, however we believe that on average the take up of the service is running at a still relatively healthy 20%.
Although there are very few users who really have any need for a 1Gb broadband connection it is still there for some residential customers to take up, what’s more is that when needed the service will be able to offer up to 10Gb broadband speeds and so is very future proof. What’s more is that the Hyperoptic service is also symmetric which means that both download and upload speeds can be equal when you compare that with BT and Virgin Media you find that download speeds are usually much faster than upload speeds.
There are currently 3 different Hyperoptic packages available to customers:
- “Hyper-Lite” – 20Mb download and 1Mb upload – £12.50 per month
- “Hyper-Active” – 100Mb download and 100Mb upload – £25 per month
- “Hyper-Sonic” – 1Gb download and 1Gb upload – £50 per month
As of October Hyperoptic said it had deployed it’s fibre optic to Barnet, Croydon, Greenwich, Hammersmith and Fulham, Hounslow, Kensington and Chelsea, Lambeth, Newham, Southwark, Tower Hamlets, Wandsworth and Westminster with Canary Wharf and London Docklands also set to have it deployed there too.
The people behind Hyperotic are not new to the telecoms world, with the co-founders, Boris Ivanovic and Dana Tobak, having previously set up Be Broadband which they then sold to O2 and which has again be sold to Sky earlier this month.
120 homes in an Oxfordshire village have put forward £60,000 to have BT put in high speed fibre optic broadband.
The resident of the affluent village of Binfield, near Henley-on-Thames, were fed up of waiting for BT to maybe deliver superfast broadband to them, with a good chance that they would be over looked anyway, that they decided to take matters into their own hands and sort funding themselves according to a report in The Telegraph newspaper.
The man behind the plan was Keith Pruden who through a friend was able to make contact with a director at BT, after a while he was told that it would cost the village £30,000 of their own funding to provide the high-speed internet with BT subsidising the rest of the expected £100,000 investment needed. By the time the village was ready for action the price they had to raise had actually doubled to £60,000 but the residents dug into their pockets and managed to raise the funds which on average worked out at £500 per household.
The Philmore Estate who own a number of properties in the village also made a generous contribution to the fund which when tallied up amounted to £59,575. Residents pledges ranged from £100 to £1,500 per household with the pledges needing to be paid up by the weekend.
The local telephone exchange to Binfield is 2 miles away in Caversham which is on the list for BT to deploy fibre too, however it is unknown if BT would have deployed the fibre to the 2 cabinets in Binfield off their own back without the funding from the residents.
With broadband speed tests for the area only hitting around just 1Mb the residents have been stuck in the broadband slow lane for too long, however the residents are optimistic that they will soon be very much surfing with super fast fibre optic broadband speeds of up to 60Mb.
Plusnet broadband are offering new customers half price broadband for a full year if they sign up to a broadband and phone package by the 11th April 2013.
The 1 month offer started on the 12th March 2013 and will run until the 11th April 2013 and only customers who order their service between these dates will be able to take up the half price offer.
The makes the Plusnet Essentials Broadband and calls package cost just £2.99 per month (from £5.99) for 12 months plus the standard £13.99 monthly line rental. More savings can be made for customers who pay for their 12 months line rental upfront as it then works out the equivalent of £10.49 per month. This means that customers can take out the 12 month essentials broadband and calls package which offers 10Gb monthly usage with up to 16Mb speeds, free wireless router, free evening and weekend calls to UK landlines for a total of £161.76.
The same package taken by paying line rental monthly and not in the half price offer period would costs £239.76 so a huge £76 more for the year.
The Unlimited broadband and calls package is down to £4.99 per month for 12 months and comes with unlimited broadband usage and speeds up to 16Mb, the Essentials Fibre Broadband and calls is half price to £7.99 for 6 months with 40GB monthly usage and up to 38Mb speeds, the Unlimited Fibre broadband and calls is down to £9.99 for 6 months and offers unlimited monthly usage and up to 76Mb speeds.
Customers are able to sign up online via the broadband page on the Plusnet site or by quoting the “offer12″ promotional code.
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BT are looking to recruit a further 1,000 engineers to help with the roll out of their fibre optic broadband network across the UK.
Of the 1,000 new engineers it is thought that 400 will go to apprentices who will be put on training schemes that will last for two and a half years. 200 of the jobs are to go to those retiring from the armed forces which BT have a great history of recruiting due to their organisational skills they will have picked up from being in the armed forces.
In total BT will have 6,000 people to work on rolling out their fibre network as they also took on 1,500 last year too.
BT are investing £2.5 billion in it’s fibre broadband network that is reportedly the fastest roll out of fibre broadband in the world with them adding a further 100,000 home and business premises per week.
Sky have agreed a deal with the owners of 02 & BE Broadband to buy up their UK broadband and fixed line business in a deal worth up to £200 million.
Spain’s Telefonica who are the current owners of O2 & BE Broadband brands will initially receive £180 million for the new broadband customers and a further £20 million once there has been a successful migration of customers from O2 Broadband & BE Broadband to Sky Broadband.
This latest acquisition, providing it receives approval from the regulatory body will push Sky Broadband to be the 2nd largest UK ISP ahead of Virgin Media and behind BT. It is estimated that Sky broadband will boost their broadband subscriber numbers by around 500,000 and take it’s broadband customer base to around 4.7 million. Virgin Media have around 4.3 million and BT leading the way with 6.5 million broadband customers.
Sky’s Chief Executive, Jeremy Darroch, said:
“Sky has been the UK’s fastest-growing broadband and telephony provider since we entered the market six years ago. From a standing start in 2006, we have added more than 4.2 million broadband customers. The acquisition of Telefónica UK’s consumer broadband and fixed-line telephony business will help us accelerate this growth.”
Not only will BSkyB benefit of the extra broadband customers but they will also have a new large group of customers to target with their triple or quadruple play services such as Sky TV.