Hyperoptic Broadband Buyers Guide

Hyperfast fibre to the building broadband, offering gigabit maximum speeds in select urban locations

  • Faster than most competitors, 1Gb maximum broadband speeds, averages 900Mb
  • Symmetric service offering 1Gb maximum upload speed, averaging 900Mb
  • Cheaper 30Mb and 150Mb services also offered, 150Mb offers symmetric uploads
  • Truly unlimited usage on all products, without traffic shaping or throttling
  • No need for a landline, both phone and broadband-only products available
  • 24/7 technical support

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Hyperoptic 1Gb Fibre Connection - Broadband & Phone
£46.00 for 12 months
£63.00 thereafter

No upfront cost

  • 12 months reduced price!
  • 900Mb average download & upload speeds!
  • Truly unlimited usage
  • Free HyperHub wireless router
  • No contract deals available!
  • Unbeatably fast gigabit broadband
  • FREE standard installation and connection worth £240!
  • Evening and weekend calling
  • No activation fee
  • 12 month contract

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Hyperoptic 150Mb Fibre Connection - Broadband & Phone
£27.00 for 12 months
£38.00 thereafter

No upfront cost

  • 12 months reduced price!
  • 150Mb average download & upload speeds!
  • Truly unlimited usage
  • Free HyperHub wireless router
  • No contract deals available!
  • Faster uploads than any competitor
  • FREE standard installation and connection worth £240!
  • Evening and weekend calling
  • No activation fee
  • 12 month contract

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Hyperoptic 50Mb Fibre Connection - Broadband & Phone
£21.00 for 12 months
£25.00 thereafter

£20.00 upfront cost

  • 12 months reduced price!
  • 50Mb average download speed
  • 5Mb average upload speed!
  • Truly unlimited usage
  • Free HyperHub wireless router
  • FREE standard installation and connection worth £240!
  • 5Mb upload speeds
  • No contract deals available!
  • Standalone broadband available
  • Evening and weekend calling
  • 12 month contract

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Reasons to choose Hyperoptic

  • Unbeatable speed - with the fastest package offering average speeds of 900Mb few other providers come close to matching Hyperoptic
  • Upload speed - on Hyperoptic's 1Gb and 150Mb deals, upload speed is the same as download speed
  • 50Mb and 150Mb options available - If you don't need the full gigabit service then you can save money with a budget 50Mb service (with 1Mb upload speeds), or a symmetric 150Mb service
  • Speed as advertised - as Hyperoptic uses full fibre to the building and high speed networks within the building, connection speeds average at least 95% of the advertised speed
  • Short contracts available - customers have a choice of 12 month or 1 month contracts
  • Truly unlimited usage - customers can download as much as they like without limits, there's no traffic shaping or throttling
  • No landline needed - Hyperoptic comes into your building via fibre optic cable, and into your home via a network faceplate, so broadband-only products are available
  • Phone bundles available - Hyperoptic can provide good value voice-over-broadband phone services with competitively priced phone bundles only £3 to £6 more than the broadband-only cost
  • Future proofed - Hyperoptic use full fibre to your apartment building, allowing them to increase broadband speeds as technology or demand progresses. Their building networks can support much higher speeds than are currently offered

Possible downsides

  • Limited availability - only select urban locations are supported. As of 2019 it's available in around 30 cities, and mostly only in apartment blocks
  • Installation can be expensive - if you have non-standard requirements for installation, such as moving an existing faceplate or placing the faceplate far from from your front door, you may be liable for the full £200 standard installation fee
  • No copper phone line - Hyperoptic's telephone services work over your broadband connection, meaning they won't work if you have a power cut or broadband outage, so you may have to rely on your mobile phone to make emergency calls, or separately maintain a copper phone connection
  • Excessive usage policy - although Hyperoptic's broadband is unlimited and unthrottled, their fair usage policy states that if you make excessive use of your connection to the detriment of other customers, then your service may be suspended

Features at a glance

  • Average speeds start at 50Mb download and 5Mb upload, go up to 900Mb symmetric download and upload with top speeds of 1Gb

  • Monthly rolling and 12 month minimum contracts available

  • Truly unlimited usage with no traffic management but 'excessive usage' is prohibited

  • Free with a 12 month contract during offer periods, £40 activation fee otherwise, and a £200 installation fee may apply if you have non-standard installation requirements

  • 24 hour customer service and technical support via email, national rate phone number (free from Hyperoptic phone lines) or livechat (except from 5pm to 9am on weekends)

  • The optional HyperHub router has security and parental controls

  • Optional AC-rated HyperHub router provided

  • Voice-over-broadband telephone service available for only £3 to £6 more than the broadband-only monthly cost, £5 per month International Plan adds discounted calls to 50 destinations at any time of day

  • No line rental or landline needed, or you can keep your current copper landline line rental and phone provider

  • Hyperoptic Broadband have published a Traffic Management Policy

3.3 stars
  satisfaction rating based on 138 customer ratings since 2018-10-24. See more Hyperoptic customer ratings and reviews.

Details last checked on 2019-10-14

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Hyperoptic 1Gb Fibre Connection - Broadband Only More Info

Special offer: 12 months reduced price + free HyperHub wireless router + no activation fee!
900Mb average upload speeds!

802.11n Wireless Router

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£540 £45.00
£63.00 after 12 months

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Hyperoptic 1Gb Fibre Connection - Broadband & Phone More Info

Special offer: 12 months reduced price + free HyperHub wireless router + no activation fee!
900Mb average upload speeds!

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900Mb
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£552 £46.00
£63.00 after 12 months

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Hyperoptic 150Mb Fibre Connection - Broadband Only More Info

Special offer: 12 months reduced price + free HyperHub wireless router + no activation fee!
150Mb upload speeds!

802.11n Wireless Router

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150Mb
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£312 £26.00
£35.00 after 12 months

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Hyperoptic 150Mb Fibre Connection - Broadband & Phone More Info

Special offer: 12 months reduced price + free HyperHub wireless router + no activation fee!
150Mb upload speeds!

802.11n Wireless RouterPhone CallingLine Rental

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150Mb
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£324 £27.00
£38.00 after 12 months

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Hyperoptic 50Mb Fibre Connection - Broadband Only More Info

Special offer: 12 months reduced price + free HyperHub wireless router!

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£260 £20.00
£22.00 after 12 months

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Hyperoptic 50Mb Fibre Connection - Broadband & Phone More Info

Special offer: 12 months reduced price + free HyperHub wireless router!

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£272 £21.00
£25.00 after 12 months

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Customer Reviews

Sometimes the best way to get a feel for a broadband provider is to read what those who are already customers think of the service they're receiving. Below are all the reviews we've received for Hyperoptic.

Customer Ratings Summary

  • Satisfaction
    3.3 stars
  • Customer Service
    3.5 stars
  • Speed
    3.4 stars
  • Reliability
    3.3 stars

Based on 138 customer ratings since 2018-10-24

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Ratings are left by users of our speed test as well as by reviewers. Recent star ratings summarise the last 12 months of ratings or the last 100 placed, whichever is largest.

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Be VERY wary of this company and how they do business. I noticed a sudden price hike on my bill of 25%. When I called them to enquire what it was for they told me that my current contract had ended and this was the standard rate after a contract expires. No warning that my contract was about to expire, no notification, nothing. Just a sneaky charge on my bill. As a result of this I will now be looking for a new broadband supplier and rating them accordingly. Hopefully the extra money they managed to make out of me was worth it!
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    2 stars
  • Reliability
    2 stars
Edinburgh Hyperoptic  
I moved into a new build in August, Hyperoptic had made a huge song and dance about how good their service was and that it would be available any day now.

At the end of August there was still no service available, but they kept saying it was only a week away, at the end of September they were still saying it was only a week away. Now in mid-October they have changed the service availability to "It won't be available this year, we expect it to go live between March and June 2020."

So instead I've gone with BT Ultrafast (300Mbps), I signed up on Tuesday, the service went live today (Friday). Other providers were available as well, pretty much all apart from Virgin unfortunately (not a cabled area). So BT have managed in two days what Hyperoptic are unable to manage in three months and appear to need another nine months to do.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
London Hyperoptic  
ZERO STARS NO SPEED NO CUSTOMER SERVICE

moved in and had this pre - installed - service was alright at the beginning (also only one i could get) getting the speeds as advertised 150mb or near enough to it. More People Moved into the building Speeds now constantly averaging 3-15mbps ( no i haven't missed a zero) speeds are so low emails dont load. Been told nothing is wrong and no faults on the line - suggested several times it might be due to more people - told at one point to not use it at peak times ( ie evenings and weekends) and it will be ok! whats the point of having it I'm not even downloading or using it that much and still i get a service so low - after much frustration and very poor customer service they agree its due to poor lines and cant handle the traffic -
Good thing Virgin has just started providing in the Building -
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
E1 London Hyperoptic  
Ridiculous company! We have talked with 2 managers on the phone, they both offered a 3 months free trial period, but really keen to sign up us for a 12 months contract. We have agreed to test for 3 months and decide then which package we'd like to proceed. After 2 days we got a bill on almost 90 pounds to pay with notice that we have to pay 60 pounds more in a month! The support replied to us that we actually declined 3 months free trial and opted in immediately on the most expensive package for 12 months, what??? This is just a scum, avoid!
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    3 stars
  • Reliability
    1 star
London Hyperoptic  
If I could give zero I would. Disconnects several times a day, barely 30% of the advertised speed at best. The only redeeming feature is that you can usually get thru to 'faults' in under 40 mins, in contrast to most other providers... to go through the rigmarole of not solving the problem. Cancelling service and told them to sue me for the balance. I ll be selling tickets to any court case !
  • Reliability
    1 star
Newcastle Hyperoptic  
I had Darien come set up my internet broadband and he was really helpful and precise and got the work done easily without creating a mess.
  • Satisfaction
    4 stars
  • Customer Service
    5 stars
London Hyperoptic  
Excellent customer service, everything was pre-installed in the building, had internet within minutes when I moved in. From time to time has some minimal IP resolving issues which can be ignored or bypassed by changing the DNS service.
  • Satisfaction
    5 stars
  • Customer Service
    5 stars
  • Speed
    5 stars
  • Reliability
    4 stars
LONDON Hyperoptic  
speeds constantly down. have to phone up to fix it every time
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
London Hyperoptic  
I'm a landlord and my tenant has just moved out of the above postcode. High speed broadband was already provided to the apartment block by another firm however tenant obviously decided beveanted hyper optic. No permission was asked and now we are in the flat we were shocked to find all this extra wiring, socket with hole drilled in ceiling. We are worried it contradicts terms of our lease as the wires must go along communal corridor.
Why did hyper optic not ch k who owns the apartment and if permission was needed before they installed their products
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
Southampton Hyperoptic  
Super fast and all but unreliable. Speed is unstable, ping is random, blocks some sites periodically. Definitely would have stayed with BT if they offered reasonable speed in my area.
  • Satisfaction
    2 stars
  • Customer Service
    3 stars
  • Speed
    5 stars
  • Reliability
    2 stars
London Hyperoptic  

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BT Student Broadband

Last minute student broadband offers and options

Posted on 2019-09-12 11:39 in Features Offers Hyperoptic Three Vodafone 4GEE BT NOW Broadband Plusnet Virgin Media

It's the time of year where students around the country are heading to university, either to start their studies or return for a new academic year.

Whether you're heading to uni for the first time, returning to your student accommodation or about to start out in a new student house share, now's the time to look for a good student broadband offer to keep you online over the next 9 months.

To prepare for student broadband season, we updated our longstanding Student Broadband Guide to reflect some of the student-specific offers available this year with student-exclusive 9 month contract offers from BT and student-exclusive cheaper 1 month rolling contract offers from Virgin Media.

Both of those option mean that you can avoid paying for broadband costs should you head home or go off on travels in the 3 months between academic years. But of course you don't need a special student exclusive offer to get short contract broadband from other suppliers, for example NOW Broadband, Plusnet and Hyperoptic also have competitive 1 month rolling contract offers that even undercut BT and Virgin's prices.

This year, we're also endorsing a mobile broadband option for the first time. Well, it's 4G or 5G mobile broadband technology sold as home broadband services. With 4G and 5G home broadband routers from Three, Vodafone and EE you may have to commit to a much longer contract, but you can then take your router with you wherever you travel during summer break. Vodafone even offer a 30 day rolling contract version, although you'll have to pay more than the cost of 3 months contract to get it.

Unlike most mobile broadband solutions, these have large enough usage allowances for many households. Three's home router even comes with unlimited usage!

Even if mobile data usually isn't strong inside your student accommodation, you may get a better connection from a router, or may even be able to get an external antenna installed to boost the signal.

We weigh up all these pros and cons and give you a table of all the relevant offers over on our Student Broadband guide.

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Are broadband bundles or standalone deals right for you?

Posted on 2019-04-11 14:01 in Features EE Hyperoptic TalkTalk NOW Broadband BT Sky Virgin Media

Is it better to get your broadband, TV and phone services as part of a single bundle from the same provider, or should you shop around for the best standalone deals?

Is it simply a question of convenience versus flexibility? And does one work out cheaper than the other?

Let's take a look.

What kind of bundles can you get?

There are three types of broadband bundle. Where providers offer more than one you might see them described as triple or quad-play providers.

Broadband and call bundles

Most broadband services need you to have a traditional phone line, the price of which will be included in your broadband bill. Many providers - even some of the smaller ones - make the most of this requirement by offering you a call plan as part of a bundle. You can add off-peak, Anytime or International calls for a few extra pounds a month. If you don't add a plan the price for any calls you make just gets added to your bill.

Even some providers who don't require a landline will still offer you call bundles, and that can work out cheaper even if you don't intend to use them. For example, Virgin Media's broadband with phone options are cheaper than just standalone broadband for the offer introductory period of. After this, it goes up by £2 a month, but you always have the option of ditching the phone portion at the end of your minumum contract, or some people might consider the extra £2 worth it for extra piece of mind in an emergency. Of course, this isn't always the case, as with Hyperoptic who charge more for a phone bundle than they do for a standalone product. But it's worth investigating to see whether a potential provider requires a landline or not, and if you can make a saving by getting calls bundled in.

Broadband and TV bundles

Broadband and TV bundles are the next most common types of deal. These are generally restricted to the bigger name providers like Sky or BT, and can give you access to premium TV channels that show Premier League football or the latest movies. But beware, they aren't all like this. Some TV bundles, such as the basic TalkTalk or Virgin TV deals, don't offer many more channels than you can get with Freeview. You get a set-top box that lets you record or pause shows, but doesn't include any pay TV channels unless you choose to upgrade. Take a look at our guide on the cheapest ways to get pay TV for the full lowdown.

Broadband and mobile bundles

The other type of deal you can get is a broadband and mobile bundle. Again, these are rarer. Your options are split into two groups: either money off your bill, or a bonus added to your mobile plan, usually in the form of a bigger data allowance. The good thing about the latter is that you can add it to an existing plan if you're already a customer, without needing to take out a new deal.

How do the prices compare?

So how do the prices of bundles compare to buying all your services separately? And do they work out cheaper? Well, it's complicated. When you compare like-for-like services, bundles will usually give you a decent saving. But if you're willing to make compromises on what you need, they might not be the best option.

Here's an example. Let's say you want to sign up to Sky TV.

As of April 2019 you can get Sky Entertainment with 63Mb Fibre in a bundle from Sky for £42 a month. By contrast, if you took the cheapest fibre deal with an average 63Mb speed, from TalkTalk, plus the same Sky Entertainment package from Sky it would cost you a total of £47 a month. It's the same story for different speed broadband, and when you add more TV channels the gap increases further.

Bundles are cheaper when you compare like-for-like services. But - and there's always a but - it isn't quite as simple as that.

If you take that 63Mb TalkTalk Fibre plan and add a NOW TV Entertainment Pass instead of the Sky subscription, the monthly price plummets to just £33. In fact, add the NOW TV plan to Sky Fibre and it works out £7 a month less than the Sky bundle.

What gives? The important thing here is to compare the small differences in the services you're getting. NOW TV is cheaper and gives you the same channels you get through Sky, but it's also a far less premium service. You can't use it to record shows, access red button services, watch 4K broadcasts, or plenty of other things.

In summary: if you want the full monty, a bundle will almost always be cheaper. But if you're willing to shave off some of the extras, you might be able to make savings by buying separately.

Are bundles right for you?

Money aside, the big selling point of bundles is convenience. A bundle gives you one contract, one bill, and one customer service department to deal with. In most cases you'll be able to renew at the same time, too. And you could argue that getting all your services from the same provider will give you more leverage when it comes to negotiating the best deal. The more you pay, the keener they'll be to keep you.

But buying standalone deals has its merits, too. You get more choice, for a start, since there aren't many triple or quad-play broadband providers. And more flexibility, which lets you pick up a faster broadband package than your chosen TV provider can offer, for example. Plus, there's the possibility of taking shorter deals. Sky TV comes with an 18 month contract, Virgin 12 months, and NOW TV just 30 days.

Call plan bundles are the easiest to decide upon. Lots of us don't even have phones plugged into our landlines anymore, so don't need them. But if you make a lot of landline calls - especially international calls - then go for it.

For TV, make sure you know what you want before you sign up. For the full pay-TV experience a Sky or Virgin Media bundle will work out cheaper. If you just want a few extra channels, like from NOW TV or the handful of premium channels offered by BT, a standalone deal might actually work out better.

And as for mobile, keep an eye out for indirect savings. Sky TV customers, for instance, are automatically eligible for unlimited free calls and texts, which means they only need to pay for a data plan. The cheapest they offer is just £6 a month - almost certainly less than you're paying at the moment. EE give 5GB of mobile data to their broadband customers each month. This won't show as a saving on your broadband bill, but is likely to enable you to switch to a much cheaper mobile plan and make your savings there instead.

The main thing is to know what you need and how much it will cost you separately. The you can compare it to how much an equivalent bundle will set you back. Use our comparison tool to find your perfect broadband bundle to get started.

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Hyperoptic Broadband Buyers Guide - Is Hyperoptic right for you?

Can I get Hyperoptic?

Hyperoptic is only available at select urban apartment buildings. In early 2019 it was limited to various postcodes in around 30 cities, covering 400,000 homes.

Plans are in place to increase coverage, but chances are you'll have to wait until you can get it. Hyperoptic should be available in half a million homes by the end of 2019, two million homes by 2022, and some five million homes by 2027.

Hyperoptic's hyperfast gigabit broadband uses a technology called fibre to the building (FTTB) where a full fibre optic link is taken into the basement of an apartment building, this is then distributed to the apartments within the building using a high speed network, either using ethernet or fibre links, depending on the nature of the building. Residents of the building can then connect to the high speed network using an network faceplate installed within their home, either connecting their computer directly with network cable or using the supplied Hyperhub.

To find out if your building has been hooked up to Hyperoptic's network, use our postcode checker. Please note, in some limited cases more than one building will be in the same postcode area or your building may still be in the pre-order phase, if this is the case then the Hyperoptic site will confirm availability before you sign up.

Hyperoptic's standard installation fee for a faceplate is £200, with standard broadband activation charged at £40. Thanks to ongoing promotions, the installation fee is almost never chargable if your installation is straight forward, you don't wish to move an existing faceplate, or place your new faceplate away from your front door. Activation is usually only charged when you opt for a monthly rolling contract rather than a 12 month contract term.

Property developers within Hyperoptic areas can apply to have their buildings upgraded to bring gigabit fibre to their tenants, so if other buildings in your area have Hyperoptic already, talk to your property manager about the possibility of an upgrade. If they know that there's demand in the building, they may be more likely to invest in hyperfast broadband. You can also register your interest on the Hyperoptic website. Buildings with the highest customer demand get the lowest installation costs, and they also get connected before anyone else.

What packages are available?

Hyperoptic offer three core broadband packages:

  • 1Gb Fibre Broadband - among the fastest broadband deals you can get in the UK. The average speed is 900Mb - and that's upload as well as download speed. The service is fully unlimited
  • 150Mb Fibre Broadband - the mid-range offering has an average download and upload speed of 150Mb, with is still faster than many UK providers can offer. It's an unlimited service
  • 50Mb Fibre Broadband - the entry-level service has an average speed of 50Mb for downloads, and 5Mb for uploads, all unlimited. This is more in line with entry-level fibre packages from other providers

All of these packages come with truly unlimited usage without traffic shaping or throttling, or any restrictions based on the type of traffic or the time of day. However, there is an excessive usage policy, meaning you could be warned or have your service suspended if you use an excessively large amount of data, to the material detriment of other customers.

As Hyperoptic's service is based on full fibre optic to the building and high speed ethernet or fibre networks within the building, there's no slow downs from copper telephone lines, so the advertised maximum protocol speeds tend to be very close to what you'll actually get, as the very high average speeds show. Most gigabit customers get an average speed of at least 95% of what was advertised, with the median speak at peak hours a whopping 900Mb, with any slowdowns caused by limitations in their devices, the speeds of web servers on the Internet or the links beyond Hyperoptic's servers on the way to the site they're visiting.

Hyperoptic doesn't use a copper phone line, so you don't need one connected to your home if you don't want a landline. In turn, this means you don't need to pay line rental. If you do want a traditional line you can get one installed from a separate provider. If you'd rather get everything from Hyperoptic you can add an optional phone bundle to your broadband contract, with plans starting from only around £3 to £6 extra per month. However, this is a voice-over IP service which uses your broadband connection to make and receive calls. It won't work during power outages or other broadband outages although, for an addition one of £25 charge, Hyperoptic will provide a backup battery that should keep your phone working during most power outages.

Which package should I choose?

An important first question to ask yourself is do you need hyperfast speeds, or would ultrafast symmetric broadband meet all your household's needs?

If you're a light user who doesn't do much uploading (such as sharing photos and videos on social media, or syncing or backing up your devices to the cloud) then the 50Mb downloads and 5Mb uploads package may meet all your needs while saving money compared to the other packages. These speeds are similar to what are on offer through other providers' basic fibre deals. It's likely to be good enough for most homes.

If you have a busy household or you make use of cloud backup or syncing, are a vlogger, social networker or content creator, you're likely to want the speed of 150Mb or 1Gb connections. Not only do they offer vastly superior download speeds, but their upload speeds are among the best on the market.

150Mb download is usually fast enough the even very active households, and the 150Mb uploads mean cloud sync and backup, or video sharing on sites like YouTube, is faster than on any competitor's network. The 150Mb package is likely to be a significant upgrade even from an asymmetric fibre service like BT Superfast Fibre 2. However if you want the very fastest connection possible, the 1Gb symmetric gigabit hyperfast broadband is unbeatable.

Points to consider before you choose

  • Is speed a priority for you?
  • Can your computer or other devices actually handle speeds of 1Gb (needs a 2GHz or faster processor and an up to date network card)? If not, opt for 150Mb
  • Do you have a busy household or make a lot of use of HD or better video services?
  • Do you upload photos or videos, or make use of cloud sync and backup services like DropBox, iCloud or SkyDrive?
  • Do you need a phone line to your home or could you make do with just mobile phones for voice?
  • If you need a phone line, would Hyperoptic's voice-over-broadband phone service work for you, or do you need a phone line that works when your power or broadband is down?

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What do I get when I sign-up?

It's always good to know upfront what you'll get when signing up with an ISP so you know what you can enjoy for free, or to budget for any extras you may want.

  • Hyperhub wireless router - New customers receive an AC-rated wireless router that's fast enough to deliver your broadband at top speed. You can also connect up your own router, if you prefer. The Hyperhub is required if you need to use Hyperoptic's phone service, but can also be connected to a separate wireless router or network switch.
  • 24/7 customer service - Hyperoptic's telephone customer service and technical support is available 24/7 to help with any queries or problems you may have, this is a national rate number but free from a Hyperoptic phoneline. You can also raise technical support tickets using Hyperoptic's website or live chat 24 hours a day on weekdays or between 9am and 5pm on weekends.

What are the benefits of Hyperoptic?

The benefits offered by an ISP may be what seals the deal in your decision to buy a package from them.

  • Unbeatable gigabit speed - With hyperfast 900Mb-average speeds available, few other providers comes close to matching Hyperoptic. As of early 2019, 900Mb is nearly 30 times faster than the UK average broadband speed, 13 times faster than a fibre to the cabinet deal (such as those from BT), and nearly three times faster than what Virgin offer.
  • Incredible upload speed - On Hyperoptic's 1Gb and 150Mb deals, upload speed is the same as download speed, this is in sharp contrast to competitors who may offer upload speeds of less that 10% of download.
  • Cheaper options available - Most households don't need 900Mb broadband speeds. You can save money with the symmetric 150Mb option, or even the 50Mb deal. Just beware of the much slower upload speeds on that package.
  • Short contracts - Hyperoptic is available on a choice of 12 month or 30-day rolling contracts. You'll pay more for the latter but it's a good choice if you're planning to move in the near future. After all, with Hyperoptic's limited coverage, it's unlikely you'll be able to connect in your next home.
  • No landline needed - Hyperoptic comes into your building via fibre optic cable, and into your home via an ethernet network faceplate, products can be bought stand alone with no landline at all, or paired with someone else's line rental and call plan through your separate copper phone line.
  • Phone bundles available - Hyperoptic can provide good value voice-over-broadband phone services with competitively priced phone bundles starting from only £3 to £6 extra per month, plus for £5 more you get discounted calls to 50 international destinations at any time of day. Your free Hyperhub router has a voice port that will allow you to connect a standard telephone handset.
  • Future proofed - Hyperoptic use full fibre to your apartment building, allowing them to increase broadband speeds as technology or demand progresses. Their building networks can support much higher speeds than are currently offered, or upgraded as needed. Hyperoptic have already planned an upgrade to 10Gb connections once technical and customer demand requires it.
  • Improves property prices - If your building and home have been hooked up to the Hyperoptic network this can produce a sizeable value increase when selling your home, especially if surrounding properties have poor broadband speeds.

What are the drawbacks of Hyperoptic?

Let's face it, not everything can be perfect, and even the best deals may have a downside.

  • Very limited availability - Hyperoptic is only available in a limited number of (mostly upmarket) apartment blocks in a limited number of postcodes in a limited number of cities. Even if it's available in the building across the street from you, it doesn't mean you'll be able to get it yourself.
  • Non-standard installation can be expensive - If you have non-standard requirements for installation, such as moving an existing faceplate or placing the faceplate far from from your front door, you may be liable for the full £200 standard installation fee, or at least an additional installation extension servic
  • Computer or device upgrades may be needed - If you don't have a more recent network card, or have a slower processor, you may need to upgrade your computer to enjoy full gigabit speeds. 150Mb should work on older computers though. To achieve the full gigabit speeds you'll need to use a wired connection, and if you want to achieve wireless speeds over 130Mb, your devices will need to support 802.11ac wireless protocols, which can exclude older mobiles, tablets and games consoles.
  • No copper phone line during outages - Hyperoptic's telephone services work over your broadband connection, meaning they won't work if you have a power cut or broadband outage. This may not be a problem, and can be mitigated by paying £25 for the battery backup option, but be aware that you may have to rely on your mobile phone to make emergency calls, or separately maintain a copper phone connection if continuous phone line availability is critical.
  • Excessive usage policy - Although Hyperoptic's broadband is unlimited and unthrottled, only using traffic management to prioritise telephone calls, their fair usage policy states that if you make such excessive use of their services that other customers' connections are detrimentally affected, then you may be given a written warning or even have your service suspended or terminated. Their terms and conditions also define a number of stringent 'content standards' that prohibit use of your connection for activities such as deceiving, impersonating or annoying any person, which some users may consider too restrictive.
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