Yorkshire Times
Voice of the North
8:36 PM 12th May 2020

Leeds Council Puts Social Housing Tenants In The Fast Lane

Social housing tenants in Leeds will soon be surfing the web at hyperfast speeds, thanks to a landmark partnership the council has agreed with Hyperoptic, the UK’s largest Gigabit full fibre provider.

The agreement will see nearly 60,000 social housing homes across Leeds connected to Hyperoptic’s full fibre broadband network, which means residents can have access to gigabit broadband speeds – 1,000Mbps – which is over 16x faster than the UK average. Hyperoptic is able to service the whole of Leeds Council’s housing portfolio thanks to a block agreement it has signed to expedite the rollout.

According to ThinkBroadband the average broadband speed in Leeds is 48.5Mbps. This deal will see residents have access to speeds of 1,000Mbps - 1960% faster. At these speeds users can download an HD movie (5GB) in 40 seconds and users can stream services seamlessly, no matter what time of day it is or how many people are online.

Hyperoptic is pioneering the shift to full fibre broadband in the UK. Currently, just 10% of the UK has access to this gold standard of connectivity. Hyperoptic is leading the charge to extend coverage and is on track to make its hyperfast broadband service available to five million properties by 2024. Its network already passes 400,000 homes and businesses across 43 UK cities and towns in the UK – 50,000 of which are social housing properties.

John McCabe, Head of Business Development – National, Hyperoptic: “We recognised Leeds as a city in ‘need of speed’ back in 2015, when we announced we would be coming to the city. Since then we have connected hundreds of buildings and thousands of residents. We are thrilled that the council has recognised residents desire for superior connectivity – by signing this deal it enables us to deliver it faster –at no cost to the tax payer.”