Southwark Council signs two deals to bring full-fibre to 53,000 homes across borough


Agreements with Hyperoptic and Community Fibre will also connect up to 1,000 commercial properties

The London Borough of Southwark has signed a pair of deals to provide gigabit-speed fibre broadband to homes of most of its 290,000 residents.

Southwark struck the deals with Hyperoptic and Community Fibre in plans that will connect 53,000 homes and nearly 1,000 commercial properties.

As a result of servicing these buildings, Hyperoptic’s network will also pass an additional 46,000 homes and businesses in the borough.

Community Fibre’s marketing manager Sam Soares said: “There is no connection [between the deals]. We actually have a wayleave agreement with Southwark Council for 54,000 homes.”

During the installation process Hyperoptic will install over 40km of cable in the borough, improving on the existing 22km.

Hyperoptic’s full-fibre network will pass over 80 per cent of premises in Southwark, up from the current 20 per cent.

Hyperoptic and Community Fibre will be competing with BT and Virgin Media, which also offer broadband services in the borough.

Southwark Council counts landmarks such as Tower Bridge and Tate Modern as part of its jurisdiction.

Residential areas include Elephant & Castle and Peckham. The company aims to make its service available to more than two million UK homes by 2022 and five million by 2025.

Hyperoptic broadband packages cost customers £20 per month for fibre and phone at speeds up to 30Mbps. It charges £49 per month for 1Gbps.

Community Fibre charges £20 per month for 20Mbps and £30 for 1Gbps. Residents of the borough saw a boost in choice for broadband last November when Three-owned broadband firm Relish added points of presence on 21 residential blocks.

All have been installed, with 17 sites already live and the remaining due to be switched on at the end of March, according to Southwark Council.

The council’s cabinet member for finance, modernisation and performance, Cllr Fiona Colley, said: “These new agreements will complement other projects we have undertaken around the borough and mean we can get improved broadband into more of our council estates, increasing the choice for our tenants and making it easier for suppliers to then extend their service to private
properties nearby.”

Hyperoptic CEO Dana Tobak added: “The role of local government in enabling the future of a full-fibre Britain cannot be understated.

“Wayleaves are the number one hindrance to urban roll-outs.Southwark has chosen not only to help, but also to champion a digital future for its residents.”