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 50Mb 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
£47.00 for 12 months
£63.00 thereafter

£29.00 upfront cost

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

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Hyperoptic 150Mb Fibre Connection - Broadband & Phone
£31.00 for 12 months
£38.00 thereafter

£29.00 upfront cost

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

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Hyperoptic 50Mb Fibre Connection - Broadband & Phone
£24.00 for 12 months
£25.00 thereafter

£29.00 upfront cost

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

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Details last checked on 2021-04-13

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

3.6 stars
  satisfaction rating based on 135 customer ratings since 2020-04-17. See more Hyperoptic customer ratings and reviews.

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
    3.6 stars
  • Customer Service
    3.7 stars
  • Speed
    3.7 stars
  • Reliability
    3.5 stars

Based on 135 customer ratings since 2020-04-17

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I can read many bad reviews, mostly from London. I know unsatisfied people are more motivated to write complains and bad reviews. I have used many providers over 30 years and this Hyperoptic connection is certainly the best of all. But the quality may well depend on the location. And fortunately I did have to test their CS.
  • Satisfaction
    5 stars
  • Customer Service
    5 stars
  • Speed
    5 stars
  • Reliability
    5 stars
Glasgow Hyperoptic  
you start with an awful installation on your wall, they do not care about your flat. Speed is very variable and forget the marketing published super speed. Customer care does not work, experiencing delays in answering is ordinary. I am moving to another company.
  • Satisfaction
    2 stars
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    4 stars
  • Reliability
    2 stars
North London Hyperoptic  
Absolute joke of a service, line goes dead for a minute or two in the middle of meetings, several times, each day, everyday. They fix it for you over the phone and back to the same "service" the next day.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    3 stars
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
London Hyperoptic  
Tl;DR: Don't fall for the 1Gbps marketing. Or any of the "faster speed" marketing on their media. Just another average provider, they just stretch the facts more than usual.

Being honest, if you only need an average connection and northing out of the ordinary - just like with Virgin, BT, SKY, Talk Talk and others - and DON'T need the speed that they advertise you may be just fine. Just like any other average connection.

But if you're choosing them for the "fibre to the property" and the "over 12x faster than the UK average", don't step any further.

For emails and ocasional netflix/YouTube it's okay, but if you happen to work from home and make regular video conference calls/meetings, or work with heavy files, or stream 4k video, etc., manage your expectations and proceed with caution (or broaden your search).

I have been a Hyperoptic client for about 14 months now. Got the 1Gbps from day 1 and according to Hyperoptic own tests my speed is less than 500mbps download - tests performed by their own engineers are attached.

After months with back and forth, several tests on my end and many visits from their engineers (with loooong waiting times for responses and huge lack of communication in between themselves) they are now just offering me to downgrade, as they can't deliver on what they sold.

Yep, so all that competitive advantage marketed all over their media that made me choose them over Virgin is out of the window. And they don't really seem to care.

For the record, I have spoken with other people in the same building and many others are going through the same issue, but Hyperoptic is never clear about that, nor has provided with any idea on when the issue will be resolved.

The way they also handled the whole low-speed complaint was very unprofessional, with one of the engineers even trying to convince me that under 500mbps on a 1gbps connection was "very good".

Overall I see huge potential in the company and hope they improve very soon, but right now what I can see is that they're overpromising and underdelivering. It's a petty.
  • Satisfaction
    2 stars
  • Customer Service
    2 stars
  • Speed
    2 stars
  • Reliability
    1 star
NW London, UK Hyperoptic  
I’ve been a hyper optic customer for over 10 years. I have been generally disappointed with the speed of my 150 gb.
It is not uncommon to have streaming movies start to que.
especially around 11pm to 1:00 am the speed is horrible.
I don’t get it. It is fiber optics. I’m grateful that we are finally moving and I can pay their cancellation fees after being a customer for 10 years. That’s hyper. I wish I never met you.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Canary wharf Hyperoptic  
When it works it quick, but on a twice weekly basis they take the network down for maintenance without telling you, CS are useless and rude. Constantly getting calls from their sales team to upsell
  • Satisfaction
    2 stars
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    3 stars
  • Reliability
    2 stars
Manchester Hyperoptic  
I don't understand all these negative reviews. We now have Hyperoptic for at least 5 years in our block of flats and I never heard of or experienced any downtime.

Installation went without any issues and the engineer was polite and did a great job. He routed the cable nicely along with the ceiling, precisely to the point I wanted to have the router. Since then I buried the cable in the ceiling and extended the cable. Easy enough to do.

Initially, we had the 100Mbit connection which was upgraded for free to a 150Mbit connection. While working from home and being reliant on a fast and stable connection I upgraded to the 500Mbit connection. I used the online chat to do that and it took literally a second and I had my 500 up and down. For this, you obviously have to connect via a cable. A lot of customers seem to complain that the wifi doesn't deliver the promised speeds but most computer wifi adapters max out (if you are lucky) at 300Mbit. If you are in a different room, forget to get full speeds. That's simply not possible. You could run cables and have multiple access points to achieve this.

I also had an issue with the old first router as I wanted to assign more static IP addresses and they send me a new one immediately free of charge.

Speed is as advertised and I get an incredible ping of 1ms. For the cost of now £35, this is a bargain.
  • Satisfaction
    5 stars
  • Customer Service
    5 stars
  • Speed
    5 stars
  • Reliability
    5 stars
London Hyperoptic  
The guys that came to repair the broadband were very very good. Polite, jovial and left a very pleasant taste.
  • Satisfaction
    5 stars
  • Customer Service
    5 stars
  • Speed
    5 stars
  • Reliability
    5 stars
Islington Hyperoptic  
Don't touch them with a barge pole.if I could give 0 stars I would. Worked ok for the 1st few weeks then nothing, All it does is buffer. Called them up and they asked ethernet or wifi? Said wifi, oh just connect ethernet and it'll be fine. No it's not, she then said it's because the router is to far away from TV??? You kidding me on you placed the router, her response we place it beside the front door? That's your problem then get it moved, no their policy is it goes beside the front door??
Then told I needed a booster cable, not their job to provide so cost me £26 and guess what - didn't make a bit of difference.
I'm now paying for a service that DOESN'T work. Wish I'd researched these cowboys before I got them. Worked during cooking of period then as soon as this is over and your stuck, it stops working. do not touch this company. Pay that wee bit extra to someone who can provide a service.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Glasgow Hyperoptic  
My broadband with Hyperopic was activated in the mid of December, after just a week use, the internet is down. I called the customer service and they told me they will send me a new router and it will arrived in one or two business days.
Since it's already near Christmas, I asked them whether they could call the courier to check whether the courier company still work during Christmas, then they told me it's a unreasonable request and I was crazy to ask them to do that. I was surprised and utterly disgusted. I couldn't see why it is a unreasonable request and why I was called a crazy person. I told them that I simply wanted to get more information in regarding to the delivery. They told me repeatedly that it is an unreasonable request and under no rule or regulation they should do that. Then I asked them whether they could keep me updated on the delivery, they told me I should check my email about that. I told them I didn't have any internet connection so I would prefer a phone call or a message. They told me I could just call them back to check it. I insist that they should at least provide some updates as it's not easy to call them as there is always a long wait. Finally they decide to ring me back the next day to provide update.
However, it's been four days, I haven't heard any news from them and I still didn't receive my router.
I can see many people have some bad experience with this company according to their feedback. However, I can never imagine that the customer service in a well-established company can say such vicious things to a customer via the phone and make empty promise without any consequences. If any company should go bankruptcy during the pandemic, this company should definitely be on the top of the list since no customers should go through such experience and no one should use this company.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    2 stars
  • Reliability
    1 star
Bristol Hyperoptic  

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The Pros and Cons of a Short Broadband Deal

Posted by Andy Betts on in FeaturesVirgin MediaHyperopticNOW BroadbandCuckoo

When you're shopping for a new broadband deal one of the main things you will need to decide is what length of contract you want to sign up for. In most cases this means a choice between a 12 month, 18 month or a maximum two year deal. But there is another option: the short-term plan.

Some broadband suppliers offer 30-day deals that come without a contract. They work more like a subscription service - it automatically renews each month, then when you no longer need it you just cancel and move on.

Not every provider offers these kinds of deals. In fact, most don't. But they aren't just limited to niche suppliers and you can find them at a whole range of speeds.

They aren't right for everyone, so let's take a look at the advantages and disadvantages of short-term and no-contract broadband.

Benefits of no-contract broadband

The main benefit to no-contract broadband is that it gives you the ultimate flexibility - no strings, no long-term commitment.

This makes it ideal for anyone who is not in a position to sign up for a long contract, such as those living in a short-term let or student housing. Students, for instance, will only be living in their digs for nine or ten months, so even a 12 month deal might not be ideal, let alone anything longer.

The same applies if you're planning to move house. While it's easy enough to take your broadband with you when you move, you do still have to move somewhere where your broadband provider is both available and delivers good performance. If either of those things aren't true, too bad. So if you're moving soon and your current broadband is coming to an end, you might be better off taking a 30-day deal for now, and then buying a new plan from scratch when you settle in to your new home.

Because there's no contract with a short-term broadband deal, there are no penalties when you decide to cancel and switch providers. You can do it any time you like.

No-contract deals also make it easier to upgrade if your needs change, or if better services become available in your area. While providers will be happy to let you upgrade to a faster plan before your contract is up - if you sign a new deal - you can't switch to a different provider without paying a penalty.

If you're waiting for faster technologies to be rolled out where you live, a short-term deal could be just the thing in the meantime. And to make sure you're fully up to date with what broadband services are available in your area, sign up to our free Broadband Autopilot service. It constantly scans for the best and fastest deals you can get, so you'll never miss out.

One final thing to note about short-term broadband is that even though the contracts are different, the performance isn't. Whether you're choosing a basic fibre-to-the-cabinet deal or a cutting edge full fibre service, the speed and everything else will be exactly the same as it would be if you'd signed up for two years.

Downsides to short-term broadband

There are some downsides to choosing broadband without a contract, the main one being that you will have to pay a little more than you would for a comparable long-term deal. Typically, you can expect to pay around £5 to £10 a month extra compared to the lowest price alternatives. And while this can add up over time, remember that most short-term deals aren't really intended for long-term use anyway.

You'll also have to pay a higher setup fee, sometimes as much as £60. This covers the activation fee and the router that you'll be sent to get online.

The best thing you can do before you sign up is to ignore the monthly price and calculate the total price you'll pay instead. So, if you want the service for nine months, work out how much that will cost, factoring in the monthly payments and the setup fees. Then compare it to the total price you'd pay on a 12-month contract. This can easily cancel out a lot of the price difference.

Other downsides to short-term broadband? You get less choice, inevitably, although there are some big name providers and even gigabit options that you can choose from. And you also miss out on any introductory offers like free gifts, bill credit, shopping vouchers and so on.

Which providers offer short-term deals?

There are a number of providers that offer broadband on one month deals. They include NOW Broadband and Virgin Media, while Cuckoo is a new provider that only offers a single, contract-free plan. Some full fibre providers like Hyperoptic also let you sign up to a rolling 30-day service, if it's available where you are.

If you think no-contract broadband might be right for you, or you want to see what else is available, use our postcode checker to find the best broadband deals you can get right now where you live.

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Last minute student broadband offers and options

Posted by Fiona Conner on in FeaturesOffersHyperopticThreeVodafoneEE MobileBTNOW BroadbandPlusnetVirgin 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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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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