Property developer Bellway Homes has signed up Hyperoptic to deploy ultrafast broadband connections to a new housing state. Homes in The Bellway at QEII development in Welwyn Garden City will be able to get speeds of up to 1Gb.
Most fibre connections in the UK are still fibre to the cabinet (FTTC), which means that fibre cables run to street cabinets, with copper wire connecting them to the home. That can drop speeds, leading to common packages advertising up to 76Mb.
Hyperoptic uses fibre to the premises (FTTP), in which the more efficient fibre cables run directly into the home or business. Without the inefficient copper wire to slow things down, it means that broadband speeds in the QEII development will be considerably faster than the UK's typical connections.
The QEII is the first housing estate Hyperoptic's hooked up with its broadband - typically the provider targets office blocks of apartment complexes. The development project includes 163 properties, including houses and flats. Those will sell between £319,995 for a two-bedroom coach house, and £484,995 for a four-bed home.
Steve Holford, chief customer officer at Hyperoptic, said: "For today's modern family, having a reliable fast broadband connection is an essential utility that is prioritised in the same league as good schools, a safe neighbourhood and strong transport links. Having a full fibre connection makes a home more attractive for prospective family buyers.
"The difference between an ADSL connection and our full fibre service is like night and day - we have had phenomenal feedback from customers as we have extended our footprint across the length and breadth of the UK."