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UPD KC Claim Brantingham is Britain’s Village with the Fastest Broadband

Monday, August 11th, 2014 (12:34 pm) - Score 597

The incumbent ISP for Hull and its surrounding areas in East Yorkshire, KC (KCOM), has announced that they’re “laying claim” to the title of “village with the fastest broadband speeds in Britain” after pegging Brantingham for the achievement thanks to its average download speed of 78Mbps. Gigaclear and B4RN may have a thing or two to say about that.

KC claims that 50 of the 72 properties in the sleepy conservation village, which incidentally has a population of around 370 people, have already signed up to their new superfast broadband (Lightstream FTTP/C) service. Excellent news and further proof that strong demand exists in the more digitally deprived areas.

But is it the “fastest” in Britain? Well only if you’re happy to exclude the 1000Mbps capable Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH/P) style services being deployed by other operators (e.g. Gigaclear, B4RN etc.) in villages around the country.

In addition, the unofficial maximum of KC’s Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) dominated service (with some slower FTTC being used in rural areas) is currently set at 350Mbps, although they don’t tend to offer the maximum speed to home users on normal products. Even BT’s similar 330Mbps capable FTTP service is in a handful of villages (e.g. Deddington).

Sue Helmont, KC’s Director of Consumer Services, said:

We’re delighted to have helped put Brantingham on the map for superfast broadband. Best-in-Britain broadband has really added to the appeal of living in what was already one of the region’s most desirable villages.”

Naturally we’ve put the point about B4RN and Gigaclear to KC, not least since both have seen even stronger uptake in some villages, and will report back if they reply.

UPDATE 3:16pm

KC have told ISPreview.co.uk that they’re basing their claim on average actual speeds properties in Brantingham are receiving (including the speeds of homes that aren’t taking the service), not the maximum they could receive through Lightstream (350Mbps). Never the less there’s still a lack of hard evidence for judging this sort of claim.

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  1. Avatar Chris Conder says:

    B4RN have villages with 100% take up. Every single home in some hamlets have taken the service. All get the full 1000 Mbps symmetrical service, even though they don’t utilise it all due to old fashioned gadgets. Speedtests with modern gadgets on these connections using ethernet yeild over 900 Mbps. What the customers like is that they can have 10 gadgets getting 100 Mbps each all running at the same time. The record so far is 170 gadgets connected at once on one connection all streaming video or updates. Yes, it is fair to say that any B4RN village is the fastest in the country. But well done to KC for doing a good job. What needs pointing out is that it is very difficult to find good servers to test speeds on networks, as most only run at under a 100 Mbps, even those in the cities, as not many people need to test anything faster, as most are stuck on old fashioned copper phone lines.

    1. Avatar Ignitionnet says:

      I imagine people on Virgin Media’s 152Mb may question the lack of >100Mb services in urban areas.

      That said you are spot on about something, outside of Virgin areas the service available in cities could be a lot better.

    2. This speedtest should do the job – http://fibretest.kc.kcom.com/ – we developed it with Ookla to test faster speeds.

  2. Avatar Walter G M Willcox says:

    I have the best I can with a more reliable 152 Mbps VM service but it’s nowhere near the B4RN champions particularly on upload speeds under 12 Mbps and occasional contention issues.

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