The incumbent ISP for Hull in East Yorkshire, KCOM, has today unveiled the next 11,100 premises and areas that will benefit from the on-going deployment of their Gigabit capable Lightstream pure fibre optic (FTTP) “ultrafast broadband” network.
At present KCOM are investing £85m to ensure that their new Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) network, which offers broadband download speeds of up to 400Mbps to local homes and 1Gbps (1000Mbps) to businesses, can cover 96% of their addressable network area by March 2019 or 200,000+ premises (the remaining 4% will gain 75Mbps capable FTTC / VDSL2).
So far we believe that the operator has already expanded this Lightstream service to cover around 175,000 premises. Meanwhile the new roll-out phase looks set to add a further 7,000 premises in Bransholme by February 2019 (total of 9,500 at completion), as well as 3,300 premises in Boulevard during November 2018 and 800 premises in Orchard Park by the end of 2018.
Cathy Phillips, KCOM’s Chief Marketing Officer, said:
“I’m delighted we’re now bringing Lightstream to thousands of homes in Bransholme as we near the end of our journey to give Hull and East Yorkshire the truly world-class full fibre broadband network it deserves.
We are now in the final phase of our six-year programme to connect Hull and East Yorkshire to one of the fastest broadband networks in Europe and this is already bringing huge benefits to homes and businesses across the region.
I know parts of Bransholme have waited longer than other areas for the arrival of Lightstream and I would like to thank all our customers there for their patience and understanding.
It is a huge undertaking – both engineering and financially – to deploy full fibre across our whole network but I can promise that it will be worth the wait with faster and more reliable broadband than anywhere else in the UK.”
By our reckoning this will still leave one final deployment phase that is yet to be announced, which is likely to cover the first quarter of 2019 and will probably add another 14,000 or so premises to help reach the expected coverage level. So far the project has kept to a steady pace but we wouldn’t be surprised if the final phase takes slightly longer than expected, particularly as it enters some of the more challenging areas.
Streets that can order Lightstream:
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St James Close, Astral Way
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Noddle Hill Way
Bransholme Centre, Goodhart Road
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St Lukes Street
St Georges Road
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