UK-based FTTH provider Hyperoptic is expanding its footprint after launching in seven new towns and cities.

Portsmouth, Watford, Leicester, Southampton, Slough, Edinburgh and Woking join the 13 other places the company has launched in since 2013.

Hyperoptic does not reveal customer numbers but promised to provide an update on the number of homes it has passed later this year.

It said it was "on track" to make its FTTH network available to over half a million homes by 2018.

Although a small player, it adds to the UK’s emerging FTTH infrastructure. Ofcom’s February ruling that BT’s Openreach division must open up its network has been a major catalyst.

Since then, BT has announced plans to deploy FTTH to all new building sites with at least 100 premises.

Virgin Media said at least a quarter of the four million new premises it is connecting via its Project Lightning network expansion would get the technology.

CityFibre also continues to expand its FTTH footprint, most recently in Leeds and Bradford.

[Read more: Growth in FTTH/B slows across Europe]

Hyperoptic Chief Customer Officer Steve Holford said: “We are experiencing huge demand for our full fibre broadband – Brits are losing patience with flaky FTTC packages, they want a hyperfast and reliable service that supports multiple users streaming and surfing the Internet at the same time.

“In Europe there are over 35.9 million FTTP subscribers – these users are getting the best out of the Internet and reaping the social and economic benefits.

“Digital leadership will not be achieved by sweating copper assets, but through innovative companies like ours increasing the availability of FTTP broadband.”

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