Hyperoptic starts 1Gb broadband rollout in Edinburgh

Broadband provider Hyperoptic has started to connect premises in Edinburgh to its ultrafast network. Residents of Platinum Point, a development on the Firth of Forth in Newhaven, can now get speeds of 1Gb.

Back in the long, long ago of May, Hyperoptic announced plans to expand its network to seven cities in the UK, one of which is Edinburgh. According to the provider, more than half of residents have signed up for its broadband, though how many that is exactly isn't specified.

Those who did can now get speeds of up to 1Gb. That's around five times faster than Virgin Media's - already darn nippy - 200Mb Vivid broadband package, and even speedier than a standard package from BT, Sky or TalkTalk.

It's faster because it's fibre to the premises (FTTP), which means that the fibre optic cables run directly into the building. In contrast, most fibre packages in the UK are fibre to the cabinet (FTTC), where the fibre cables run to a street cabinet, with the last part of the journey handled by copper wire and that impacts the speeds dramatically.

Gerry Rooney, the chair of the Platinum Point Owners Association, said: "We were thrilled to hear the news that Hyperoptic was coming to Edinburgh - having a company install world-leading broadband connectivity for no cost was an absolute no-brainer for us.

"Apart from the fact that we would get access to the best broadband in the UK, there were wider benefits - our development is digitally future-proofed for decades to come and it enhances the marketability of each home."

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