A new fibre optic broadband player could be about to make its mark in the UK from the original founders of broadband provider BE which was sold to O2 a year and a half after conception according to ZDNet. Hyperoptic are set to go live in September and offer broadband speeds over fibre of up to 1Gbps.
There aren't plans for mass coverage however. The company will be focusing deployments on pockets of users which it can reach through one fibre, which will aim them largely at buildings with 50 or more flats. This could see full fibre deployed to the end user premises (FTTH) or fibre to the basement and the use of gigabit Ethernet connections from there.
Hyperoptic are keen to avoid tie-ins to companies such as BT and intend to use fibre from other companies if this is appropriate. Whilst they may obviously put some kit in to BT exchanges, they intend to keep control of the network and manage this throughout.