Formerly known as the Coast Italia restaurant, the High Street based outlet is one of around 35 businesses piloting the latest ultrafast technology, known as G.fast, a broadband service capable of delivering download speeds of up to 330Mbps – more than 10 times the UK national average.
The newly transformed venue now boasts its own purpose built digital TV and radio studio along with a stage area for featuring live performances from local bands to interviews with local celebrities.
The project, which launched in March, is a collaboration between local restaurateur, Dan Evans, Ed Thomas, the production designer responsible for Dr Who, Torchwood and Resident Evil, and singer, songwriter and BBC Radio Wales presenter Mal Pope.
Dan said they hope the new venture will provide a platform to help promote new up and coming bands and performers from the arts world as well as exposing The Hyst to a wider audience.
Ultrafast broadband speeds allow Hyst to stream TV quality images from live performances to social media channels like YouTube and Facebook. They’re currently working with local cable channel Bay TV to broadcast content - with plans to launch their own dedicated cable channel in the near future, featuring daily broadcasts.
Dan said: "We started out three years ago as a restaurant but is has only been in the last few months that this has all taken off. We started doing more light entertainment and that started to take over from the food side, so we decided to expand.
"We got ultrafast installed last year and on the back of that we thought about showcasing the acts that played and thought ‘why not film it and start broadcasting to a wider audience?’”
Dan said: "It is no exaggeration to say that we couldn’t physically do any of this without having the ultrafast broadband to power it all. Digitally broadcasting TV quality live or recorded content uses up a lot of bandwidth and without the ultrafast speeds it just wouldn’t work. It has helped what was a small independent business move onto the next level.”
Around 13,000 households and businesses in Swansea and locations including, Gowerton, Landore, Townhill and Oystermouth, are set to benefit from the high-speed service as we begin switching on the pilot areas for our new ultrafast broadband network.
The faster speeds that ultrafast broadband brings means a two hour HD film can be downloaded in just 90 seconds, a 45 minute HD TV show in just 16 seconds and a nine hour audio book in just three seconds.
People living in the pilot areas who want to try the new service should contact their internet service provider to see if they’re offering a service, and to find out more about availability and pricing.
G.fast technology changes the way today’s broadband is transmitted, delivering ultrafast speeds that have previously required fibre to be run all the way to the premises (FTTP). This is significant as G.fast will enable us to make ultrafast fibre available to a much larger number of homes and businesses and more quickly than if it had focused on FTTP alone.
People wanting to take advantage of the new ultrafast technology can find out more about which providers offer this service by visiting www.openreach.co.uk/buyultrafast