Newcastle City Council installs gigabit broadband in social housing developments

Newcastle City Council has announced the rollout of full fibre gigabit broadband across 25 of its social housing developments.

Hyperoptic, the nation’s largest residential gigabit broadband provider, has been chosen to provide the service. Work is underway and full fibre broadband already available in 1,180 council homes.

As the rollout progresses across almost 5,000 properties in 25 of the council’s social housing developments, including Todds Nook, Vallum Court, Westgate Court, King Charles Tower, Pandon Court and Lort House will benefit from Hyperoptic’s service which enables symmetrical speeds of 1,000Mbps – a speed that is 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.”

In the private sector Hyperoptic has successfully worked on projects of every scale and has become a standard addition to the initial plans drawn up by many of the larger developers.

Over the last year Hyperoptic has also started to work 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. Hyperoptic is already working with a number of forward-thinking housing associations including Hyde Housing, and directly with Salford Council, Nottingham Council and Thurrock Council. Hyperoptic is already live in several private sector developments across Newcastle and Hyperoptic is committed to extend its footprint across the length and breadth of the city.

Tim Huxtable, Regional Director, 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.”

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