When KCOM will finish Lightstream broadband roll-out in Hull
Superfast broadband is coming to around 50 new locations.
By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 28 Nov 2017
KCOM has announced everyone on its network will have access to its ultrafast Lightstream service by March 2019.
The regional provider says this will see the completion of its seven-year fibre broadband programme which has seen £85 million in investment to cover approximately 200,000 properties.
Throughout the UK, fibre broadband is available to only three per cent of households.
New areas where Lightstream deployment will arrive in 2018 include Bransholme, Sutton Park, Orchard Park, Anlaby Road, Beverley Road, Spring Bank, Walkington, Skidby, Little Weighton and parts of Hessle.
KCOM’s chief executive, Bill Halbert, said: “I am delighted to announce our plans to complete what is arguably the most ambitious full fibre deployment in the UK. This is the final piece in the jigsaw in securing Hull as the digital capital of the UK.
“When we set out to transform our broadband network in 2012 our plan was to put Hull and East Yorkshire at the cutting edge of a digital revolution that would help to build a city and an economy fit for the 21 century.
“We believed investing in full fibre broadband was the right thing to do both for the company and our customers, and that belief is now bearing fruit.
“The people of Hull and East Yorkshire have supported our ambition by signing up to Lightstream in their tens of thousands. Their confidence will help us to make the KCOM network the fastest, the most connected and the most future-proofed not only in the UK but the world by 2019.”
A new customer is connecting to the Lightstream network every twenty minutes, enabling households to enjoy download speeds of 250Mbps while businesses can connect at one Gigabit per second.
KCOM says when the deployment is completed, Hull and East Yorkshire will be one of the best connected regions in the world – overtaking countries at the top of the broadband speed league such as Singapore, Sweden and Taiwan.
Hull City Council leader Stephen Brady welcomed the announcement, saying the roll-out completion would help create jobs and boost the city’s growing digital economy.
He said: “We know how important good connectivity is for business, and for our residents.
“It is superb that Hull is the best connected city in the UK, enabling 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, and create more jobs.
“KCOM has done an excellent job rolling out full fibre across the city.”
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