Hyperoptic bring gigabit broadband to Essex

12 social housing devolpments will have access to the new service.

Internet service provider (ISP) Hyperoptic are to provide 1,700 properties across 12 social housing developments in Thurrock, Essex with access to 1Gbps broadband.

It’s Thurrock Council’s hope that this kind of amazingly fast service will be able to help the residents in one of the UK’s lowest socio-economic brackets take a more active role in the country’s digital economy.

Residents will also be able to purchase a 100Mbps or 20Mbps broadband service along with the basic but very affordable entry level 5Mbps broadband bundle totalling just £9 a month.

1Gbps is enough to download a single MP3 file in less than one second, an episode of a standard definition TV show in less than 3 seconds and a full HD Blu-ray film in 2 minutes.

“We are very pleased to be teaming up with Hyperoptic to help every resident in council accommodation have the same access the fastest broadband speed available in the UK today, as those living in private properties,” said Shane Hebb, Thurrock Council’s portfolio holder for finance and legal.

Hyperoptic was founded in 2011 by Boris Ivanovic and Dana Tobak in West London with the aim of bringing gigabit services to residential properties all across the UK. They’ve since expanded to serving businesses and to way over 10,000 customers.

“Working with councils to give their social housing tenants the UK’s best internet experience is a strategic priority for us – we are pioneering the shift to Gigabit Britain and the public sector has a huge role to play in making this happen as soon as possible,” said Hyperoptic chief customer officer Steve Holford.

Source: Computer Weekly

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