Hyperoptic has carried out a trial of fast home broadband - touching 10Gb/s - at East Village, the site of the London 2012 Athletes’ Village. The company was able to demonstrate speeds it says are some 276 times faster than the average speed a UK consumer receives today, to a UK home, using an existing service provider network, rather than a new, dedicated line.
The trial was measured via a speed-test server located in a Hyperoptic data centre. It used the latest 10Gb/s network capable router with the LAN host and server being based on Intel technology, which allows network speeds up to 10Gb/s or more. The test environment is in place for four weeks, allowing Hyperoptic’s partners to experience next-generation speeds and help shape their future connectivity strategy.
Sharon White, Ofcom chief executive, was in attendance. She said: 'The amount of internet data used by people in the UK is growing by around half every year. So we’ll increasingly need full-fibre broadband services like this to provide faster, more reliable connections and capacity to our homes and offices. We’re seeing real momentum behind full-fibre, with bigger and bolder commitments from companies of all sizes to build broadband that can support the UK’s digital future.'
The trial was carried out with UK build to rent firm, Get Living, which owns and manages 1,500 homes for rent at East Village, on the doorstep of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in East London. Since the neighbourhood opened its doors in 2013, Hyperoptic has supplied its residents with gigabit connections but the trial shows its network is able to go much, much faster. The Hyperoptic 10Gb/s trial testing is based on its leading full fibre technology, where the fibre optic network goes all the way into the customer’s home.
Dana Tobak, CEO, Hyperoptic, explained: 'We have carried out this trial to elevate the debate in a largely stagnate industry. While the market incumbents focus on sweating their copper assets and lobbying the likes of the ASA to convince them that its acceptable to market their Fibre-to-the-Cabinet services as ‘fibre,’ we are proudly setting a new standard. With full fibre our customers across 30 UK towns and cities can enjoy symmetrical gigabit services today. This 10Gb test proves that our network can scale in the future.'
Neil Young, CEO, Get Living, added: 'We are very excited by the results of Hyperoptic’s trial. Broadband is as important to our 3,000 residents as any other utility. This breakthrough is a game changer for the UK and another first for East Village.'