A fibre broadband package that offers download and upload speeds of 'up to' 1Gbps has been unveiled by Hyperoptic.

The ISP says the speeds, which are 140 times faster that the UK's average speed according to Ofcom, will revolutionise broadband in the UK. The service will initially be rolled-out to "large residential and commercial properties in London", with other areas set to follow in 2012.

The 1Gbps package, known as Hyper-sonic, costs £50 per month, provided web users also fork out £12.50 per month for a telephone line from Hyperoptic, which comes with free evening and weekend calls. Two other packages are also available, Hyper-lite, which offers speeds of 'up-to' 20Mbps for £12.50 per month and Hyper-active that comes with a 100Mbps net connection for a monthly charge of £25.

"The copper-based networks widely deployed in the UK right now were not designed for data transfer and really can't keep up with the demands of new consumer technologies. As we don't have a copper network to protect, Hyperoptic can go straight to fibre based deployments designed specifically for broadband and other data services meaning we can make each Hyperoptic building a showcase for Britain," said Dana Tobak, Managing Director of Hyperoptic

"There is a preconception that fibreoptic is expensive and therefore, can not be made available to consumers. Our pricing shows that the power of tomorrow can be delivered at a competitive and affordable rate. This really is the driving force behind Hyperoptic and we're thrilled to be the first to bringing this exciting proposition to market."