Hyperoptic, the UK’s hyperfast broadband provider, has joined Barnet Council’s Gigabit Broadband Programme. The objective of the programme is to enable Barnet Council’s tenants and leaseholders to access the best possible and most affordable broadband connections, and ideally be able to choose from a number of service options.
Hyperoptic has been leading the charge to Gigabit Britain since its inception ten years ago. It pioneered the shift to ‘full fibre’ broadband, which enables average broadband speeds of up to 900Mbps. With this step change in service, users can enjoy a much faster and reliable broadband experience, without having to worry about peak-time slow-downs.
Since then, it has steadily been extending its network footprint across London and the rest of the UK. It now has partnerships in place with over 250 property developers and 50 councils. In Barnet, Hyperoptic will connect 4,100 homes to its network, and provide over 20 free connections to community centres, and libraries etc. The rollout will start immediately.
As well as leading the industry in the rollout of full fibre infrastructure, Hyperoptic is setting the bar with the delivery of social value to the communities it serves. During the lockdown, it offered free connectivity to families so that their children could access virtual learning resources. It also recently launched its social tariff – ‘Hyperoptic’s Fair Fibre Plan,’ which enables people on specific means-tested benefits to get access to discounted rates on its monthly rolling packages. With this plan, the cost of its 50Mbps broadband-only service on a monthly rolling contract is reduced to only £15 a month.
Liam McAvoy, MD, Business Development, Hyperoptic: “We are delighted to join Barnet Council’s Gigabit Broadband Programme. We pride ourselves on being the gold standard of connectivity – genuinely caring about the communities we connect and delivering social value; whilst offering tenants a superior, affordable broadband service that won’t let them down.”
Barnet Council Leader, Councillor Dan Thomas: “As part of our commitment to residents and businesses to make Barnet a connected borough, we are working with private providers to prioritise digitally excluded areas to ensure that every council home in the borough has access to highspeed internet connections and affordable broadband by 2023. Securing investment in this fibre broadband roll-out with Hyperoptic, as part our Gigabit Broadband Programme, will ensure that Barnet continues to be a great place to live, work and study.”
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