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Hyperoptic has confirmed its fibre optic broadband service is now live in many parts of Newcastle.

The technology offers broadband speeds of 1Gbps, which is 128 times faster than those available via traditional ADSL services.

Hyperoptic has deployed its network in several developments throughout the centre of Newcastle, while work to extend it further in other areas is ongoing.

According to the company, its network is different to those offered by other providers as it installs fibre directly to buildings, rather than to a cabinet at the end of the street.

This, it said, means customers do not have to deal with buffering, timeouts and slowdowns at peak times.

Tim Huxtable, National Team Manager at Hyperoptic, commented: "We have been investing heavily in infrastructure so that consumers and businesses in Newcastle can now have access to the fastest and most reliable connectivity on the market today.

"We have been hugely encouraged by the demand for our services thus far - we prioritise installations based on demand so we would encourage anyone who is interested in receiving our services to register on our website.” 

Bernadette Atkinson, Property Manager at Trinity Estates, described the feedback from its residents at The Bar thus far as "phenomenal".

She went on to praise Hyperoptic for installing the technology quickly and going the "extra mile to achieve an outstanding standard of service".

Ms Atkinson added that the installation of gigabit broadband means its development is now "technologically future-proofed".

This comes after Ofcom credited Hyperoptic with helping to boost superfast broadband connectivity in the UK over the last year.

According to the watchdog, around eight million homes - or 27 per cent - had average download speeds of 30Mbps or more a year ago. However, the figure now stands at 9.1 million - or 31 per cent. 

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