Hull named as best city in UK for full fibre broadband coverage

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 22 Sep 2017

Hull has been named as the best city in the UK for full fibre broadband coverage.

Thinkbroadband has said Hull is leading the rest of the country on full fibre distribution to houses in the city.

They have released figures saying Hull has 55.6 full fibre deployment to premises – well ahead of the national average of 2.66 per cent.

Councillor Martin Mancey, portfolio holder for economic investment, regeneration and planning said: “We know how important good connectivity is for business, and for our residents. It is superb that Hull is the best connected city, which will enable businesses to operate as effectively as possible.

“Infrastructure such as excellent digital connectivity is a key part of having all of the elements in place to attract more global businesses to locate here, part of our Invest Hull strategy.

“KCOM have done an excellent job rolling out full fibre across the city.”

KCOM’s executive vice president, Gary Young, said: “From the outset, we always believed that our approach to next generation fibre networks, in this case delivering fibre directly to the home or business, was absolutely the right thing to do.

Gary Young has said that KCOM will work hard to improve broadband speeds across Hull

“It may take a little longer to roll out across all areas of our Hull and East Yorkshire network, but these latest figures demonstrate that our £60m-plus investment is really beginning to pay off – not only for residents with ultrafast broadband speeds but for local businesses too.

“The fact that 55.6 per cent of our Hull network and 36.6 per cent of our East Riding network is already benefiting from full fibre, compared to just 2.66 per cent nationally, shows just how far ahead of the curve we are.

“This is how we are transforming the region into the UK’s digital and ultrafast capital, playing our part in making this area a magnet for high-value, cutting-edge industry.

“By the end of 2017, Lightstream will be available to at least 150,000 properties, equal to 75 per cent of KCOM’s overall network in Hull and East Yorkshire.”



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