KCOM says it has hit a pivotal digital milestone in Hull
KCOM installing fibre broadband
By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 12 Feb 2018
KCOM says Hull has reached a pivotal digital milestone as more people are using fibre broadband than traditional copper connections for the first time.
The telecommunications firm has announced the number of its customers connected to its fibre service, Lightstream, across Hull and East Yorkshire is now greater than those on copper broadband.
KCOM is currently undertaking the second phase of its Fibre To The Premises (FTTP) rollout to cover the other addresses in its market.
Cathy Phillips, KCOM’s chief marketing officer, said: “I am delighted that more people than ever have access to and are benefiting from our Lightstream fibre broadband.
“We’re connecting a new customer to our Lightstream service every 20 minutes, showing the demand for our world-leading broadband speeds is greater than ever.
“Our commitment to continued investment will cement Hull’s reputation as the digital capital of the UK.”
KCOM recently announced it will reach 100 per cent of its Hull and East Yorkshire network with Lightstream by March 2019.
The company met its target of reaching 75 per cent of its network by the end of 2017.
Culture Minister Matt Hancock MP said of the milestone: “KCOM has done a tremendous job in rolling out full fibre broadband for the homes and businesses in Hull.”
KCOM’s £85m rollout of Lightstream is continuing and will reach areas including Bransholme, Orchard Park, Little Weighton and Walkington in the months ahead.
In several areas where it’s not possible to install fibre in underground ducts extra telegraph poles will be raised to help reach the final corners of the network.
The firm says Lightstream is up to 35 times faster than standard broadband and can deliver download speeds of 350Mbps (megabits per second) for residential customers.
Businesses can also connect at one Gigabit per second, which KCOM says gives companies in the city a competitive edge in the digital world.
KCOM says that every month Lightstream will become available to another 3,000 new properties in the region.
Last month, the firm said it was continuing to “enjoy a successful year” with revenue currently in line with expectations.
The technology KCOM is rolling out means fibre cable runs all the way to the customer’s home or business, rather than making the last leg of the connection from a street cabinet using copper cables.
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