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Hyperoptic has urged local authorities to follow the example set by Southwark Council to boost full-fibre broadband coverage.

Southwark Council has entered into an agreement with the broadband provider that will lead to 100,000 premises in the borough getting access to gigabit-enabled broadband, at no cost to the taxpayer.

Hyperoptic will service more than 53,000 residential homes and almost 1,000 commercial properties, which means its network will pass a further 46,000 homes and businesses in the area.

The broadband provider believes this is a "landmark arrangement", as it means full-fibre broadband will be deployed across the entire council-owned residential estate of Southwark over the next year.

Dana Tobak, Chief Executive of Hyperoptic, has therefore encouraged other councils to look at entering into similar agreements in order to boost fibre coverage in their boroughs.

"Unfettered internet access has the power to revolutionise lives," she commented.

"We sincerely hope that other councils will follow Southwark’s example and empower us to deliver gigabit-enabled fibre to more residents and businesses."

Ms Tobak went on to state that the role of local government in "enabling the future of a full-fibre Britain cannot be understated".

As a result of the infrastructure upgrades, Hyperoptic's full-fibre network coverage of the borough will increase from 20 per cent to more than 80 per cent.

The agreement, along with other planned deployments, also means that Hyperoptic will reach one in five homes in central London in a year's time, compared with one in seven at the moment.

Hyperoptic added that if other London councils enter into similar agreements as Southwark, this number could be increased to one in three.

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