Tim Huxtable, regional director of Hyperoptic
Newcastle City Council has announced the rollout of full fibre gigabit broadband across 25 of its social housing developments.
Full fibre broadband is already available in 1,180 council homes, and it will continue to roll out across almost 5,000 properties in 25 of Newcastle’s social housing developments, including Todds Nook, Vallum Court, Westgate Court, King Charles Tower, Pandon Court and Lort House.
Residential gigabit broadband provider Hyperoptic has been chosen to provide the service, which enables symmetrical speeds of 1,000Mbps – more than 30 times faster than the average.
Councillor Jane Streather, cabinet member for housing and public health, said: “In the world we live in today good quality, high speed broadband can be the key to success when it comes to education, employment and social inclusion. As more and more services go online we recognise that providing ultrafast, reliable and affordable broadband is an essential part of our drive to increase digital inclusion.
“By working in partnership with Hyperoptic, whose gold standard services have been tried and tested by other councils, we know our tenants will receive the best Internet experience possible in the UK today.”
Over the last year Hyperoptic has worked in partnership with councils and housing associations to enable digital inclusion by providing full fibre broadband to tenants at little to no cost to the council. The company is already working with housing associations including Hyde Housing, and directly with Salford Council, Nottingham Council and Thurrock Council.
Tim Huxtable, regional director of Hyperoptic, said: “Public services are becoming digital by choice. We are equipping and enabling social housing tenants to access these services in the best way possible – with an Internet connection that helps rather than hinders, and will stand the test of time as technology advances. Social housing is a strategic priority for us - the public sector has a huge role to play in fulfilling the vision of a full fibre UK and bridging the digital divide.”