Edinburgh residents get gigabit broadband

1,000Mbps (gigabit) broadband – the fastest broadband speed in the UK – has been switched on at the Platinum Point development on the Firth of Forth in Newhaven, Edinburgh

The move was first announced in May this year and is part of superfast broadband provider Hyperoptic’s national expansion plan.

The company will be investing heavily in broadband infrastructure across Edinburgh over the next couple of years, with the aim of connecting hundreds of thousands of residents and businesses.

Hyperoptic’s symmetrical gigabit broadband speeds are enabled because it installs fibre all the way into the building, eliminating the copper weak link that slows down the mainstream Fibre-to-the-Cabinet services.

Highlighting the need for faster broadband speeds in order to make Scotland a leading digital nation, Connectivity Secretary Fergus Ewing said: “We want Scotland to become a world class digital nation. A key part of this is future-proofing our digital infrastructure and that is why we have committed to providing superfast broadband to 100% of premises in Scotland by 2021.”

“Commercial investment will play a huge part in delivering this commitment, and I welcome Hyperoptic’s announcement that Edinburgh businesses and residents are now able to benefit from gigabit broadband – the fastest broadband speed available in the UK.”

Tim Huxtable, National Team Manager for Hyperoptic, commented: “The feedback following our announcement that we were coming to Edinburgh has been phenomenal – there is a huge appetite for our gigabit connectivity, which is over 128 times faster than traditional ASDL speeds.”

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