You may not have heard of Hyperoptic – the broadband provider offering unbeatable speeds on its own broadband network. Sounds great on paper – but how does it compare with more traditional names such as BT and Sky?
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Hyperoptic supplies two routers - its ZTE Hyperhub comes with its slower (50Mbps and 150Mbps) packages, while its Nokia Hyperhub is supplied to customers on its speediest deals (500Mbps, 1Gbps). Both Hyperhubs need to be installed by an engineer, but this is usually free of charge – there may be a fee if you have specific requirements about where it's placed.
Rather than using Openreach’s phone lines, Hyperoptic has its own fibre broadband network.
This means it doesn’t sell ‘standard’ speed deals – its only supplies high-speed broadband, so even its entry-level package has an average speed of 50Mbps. It also offers full fibre, allowing keen customers to access speeds much faster than those seen on much of the Openreach network – Hyperoptic's fastest package has average speeds of 900Mbps.
However, Hyperoptic’s network isn’t as widely available as the one used by Virgin Media or the Openreach network. It’s currently available to around 600,000 premises in 57 towns and cities in the UK. If you live in an apartment block in a big city, there’s a chance you’ll be able to access the network. Hyperoptic aims to extend its network to five million homes by 2024.
As is becoming increasingly popular in the UK, a phone line isn’t compulsory with Hyperoptic – you can take up a broadband-only deal. If you do wish to include a phone line in your deal, this will cost an additional £2 a month.
Hyperoptic contracts usually last for 12 or 24 months. And, unlike other providers, Hyperoptic commits to keep your tariff the same for the duration of your broadband contract. You can also opt for a monthly rolling contract, but it will cost a little more each month.
Unlike more traditional providers, Hyperoptic only offers fibre broadband.
It has four core packages: ‘Fast’ with an average speed of 50Mbps, ‘Superfast’ with an average speed of 150Mbps, ‘Ultrafast’ with an average speed of 500Mbps and ‘Hyperfast’ with an average speed of 900Mbps.