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Hull ISP KC Reveals Next Locations for its Fibre Optic Broadband Service

Saturday, March 9th, 2013 (7:42 am) - Score 1,716

The incumbent telecoms provider for Hull in East Yorkshire (England), KC, has revealed the next batch of locations that will gain access to its superfast fibre optic (FTTH and FTTC) based Lightstream broadband service during the first half of 2013, which is perhaps incorrectly described as the “UK’s fastest fibre service“.

So far the new connectivity has already been made available to 15,000 premises in Hull and around 3,500 have subscribed to the service, which offers speeds of up to 350Mbps (Megabits per second) via its top-end Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH) solution (up to 80Mbps on slower FTTC).

It’s understood that the service is now set to become available at a further 2,000 premises in spring 2013, which includes homes and businesses in Victoria Dock from May 2013 and Swanland, including streets around the Hessle Road area, from June 2013. In total KC Lightstream will be rolled out to another 15,000 properties during 2013.

Lightstream Coverage by Street for Spring 2013

Victoria Dock

Appledore Close
Axholme Court
Caledonia Park
Camilla Close
Chandlers Court
Charlestown Way
Consort Court
Galleon Court
Ha’penny Bridge Way
Hales Entry
Harbour Way
Hartley Bridge
Idas Close
Isis Court
Lancelot Court
Lock Keepers Court
Maldon Drive
Mariners Close
Ocean Boulevard
Pilots Way
Plimsoll Way
Sequana Court
South Bridge Road
St Abbs Close

Dale Road
Grange Park
Greenstiles Lane
Hall Park
Humber View
Humberdale Close
Kemp Road
Manor Road
North Drive
On Hill
St Michael’s Mount
Stratton Park
The Green
The Park
Todds Close
Tranby Lane
Welton Wold View
West End
West Leys Road

Hessle Road area
Devon Street
Dorset Street
Essex Street
Gloucester Street
Hampshire Street
Hereford Street
Hessle Road
Huntingdon Street
Monmouth Stree

Ultimately KC aims to reach around 45,000 homes and businesses in East Yorkshire by March 2015, although they’re certainly not the “UK’s fastest fibre service” (it might be correct if that said “Hull’s fastest HOME fibre service“).

In terms of home solutions then Hyperoptic, CityFibre or B4RN, not to mention many other niche fibre ISPs, might rightly claim to be the fastest given that most offer speeds or boosts of up to 1000Mbps. On the other hand none of them are providing a UK-wide service.

Still KC claims a study by consumer website uSwitch last year found that residents of Poplars Way in Beverley, where more than half the houses on the street have Lightstream installed, enjoy the “fourth fastest broadband speeds in the UK” and receive an average download speed of 64.28Mbps.

It’s important to note that this announcement is just for the next few areas. More areas in various locations across KC’s network will be announced in due course to cover the rest of 2013 and beyond.

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