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UPDATE KC’s Fibre Optic Broadband Rollout in Hull Grabs 10000 Subs

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 (7:51 am) - Score 1,000

KC’s on-going efforts to deploy a superfast fibre optic (FTTP/C) broadband network in Hull (East Yorkshire, England), which is called ‘Lightstream’, has passed another milestone after a brief trading statement from parent company KCOM confirmed that 10,000 people had now subscribed to the service.

At the last count KC’s new network, which is dominated by their ‘up to’ 350Mbps capable Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP/H) network with only a small amount of slower hybrid Fibre-to-the-Cabinet (FTTC), had passed 32,000 homes and businesses with 9,000 customers connected; 28% take-up (here). The current goal remains to reach a total of 45,000 homes and businesses (premises passed) by March 2015.

KC Trading Update

During the first half year of the financial year, the Group has performed in line with expectations, with continued strong cash generation.

As part of its investment in super-fast, fibre-based broadband in Hull and East Yorkshire, the Group has recently secured its 10,000th “Lightstream” customer. The Group continues to progress its strategy of focusing on key target markets and will give a further update on its fibre deployment and other initiatives at the interim results.

The cash generative capacity of the Group means it is able to continue with its progressive dividend policy while investing in those areas that support the Group’s ambition to achieve leadership positions in all its target markets.

Unfortunately the new trading statement doesn’t reveal how many premises have been passed by KC’s FTTP/C network, which would be necessary to assess their progress since May 2014. We have asked for an update but it’s likely that such detail will not be forthcoming until their full financial statement is released on 25th November 2014. KC’s financial updates also have a habit of failing to reveal their overall broadband subscriber figures, which would include Eclipse Internet.

However it’s important to reflect that KC’s deployment has tended to see uptake of well above the 20% mark, which is somewhat better than BT’s FTTC dominated national UK roll-out has been able to achieve. On top of that KCOM has already secured a £200m finance package, which among other things will be used to help boost their Lightstream deployment.

UPDATE 9:26am

We’ll need to wait a little longer to get the very latest premises passed figures, but KC has at least responded to provide us with some slightly more recent data. At the end of June 2014 their fibre broadband network had become available to 35,421 (premises passed), with 9,195 subscribed (uptake of around 26%).

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19 Responses
  1. Avatar Ignitionnet says:

    Interesting what not having Sky, TalkTalk and others giving away basic ADSL for free / burying cost in line rental does for your sales of FTTx services.

    1. Avatar No Clue says:

      No, no, no FTTP is too expensive especially in rural areas 😉

    2. Avatar MikeW says:

      @Ignition

      spot on.

    3. Avatar Rusty says:

      Is Hull a rural area?

    4. Avatar No Clue says:

      They supply to areas of East Yorkshire, i think you will find quite a bit of it is rural, an example being a village in Brantingham with only 300 odd people. So yes they do rural areas. You could had found that out if you did some research though and looked a fool with one of your more regular names.

  2. Avatar RoboNuggie says:

    With ‘lightstream’ they are simply keeping and extending their virtual monopoly in Hull for fixed-line broadband.

    I think 4g services, and their impending arrival spooked KC into deploying the cable service, but as with all KC products, it is more expensive then what can be obtained outside the KC area.

    1. Avatar No Clue says:

      Ill swap your 350Mb monopoly supplier for anyone of the upto 80Mb BT based rubbish i can get anytime you please.

    2. Avatar Rusty says:

      Are you moving to Hull then? Maybe then we can stop hearing about your dissatisfaction of the ‘monopoly’ supplier in the rest of the UK.

    3. Avatar No Clue says:

      As i have just pointed out to you they cover East Yorkshire. Oh and no idea why you ask if i am moving, or are you stalking me so much now you know where i live?

  3. Avatar MikeW says:

    Would it be wrong to assume that most of their subscribers continue to opt for the cheapest package?

    That would be £36pm, incl line rental, for 50/5 speeds & a 70GB allowance.

    1. Avatar No Clue says:

      Story says quite clearly…
      had passed 32,000 homes and businesses with 9,000 customers connected; 28% take-up

    2. Avatar MikeW says:

      And the story doesn’t include information on which package those 9,000 customers have opted for.

      Do try to read comments beyond the username. It might help you make relevant & useful posts.

    3. Avatar No Clue says:

      It will be the majority of that 9000 which are FTTP the story also clearly states…
      “dominated by their ‘up to’ 350Mbps capable Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP/H) network with only a SMALL amount of slower hybrid Fibre-to-the-Cabinet (FTTC)”

      Once again i read the story where as your agenda was obviously going to try to argue most of their customers were FTTC rather than FTTP. Which is not the case, though no doubt you are going to have another “parallel” argument about that.

      If you want exact figures on the speed division of product id suggest that is commercially sensitive much like BT dont go round giving out numbers on who takes 38Mb and who takes the 76Mb FTTC.

  4. Avatar RoboNuggie says:

    >No Clue

    Yes please…. at least then I could have a choice,

    Your name suggests that enlightenment of this particular subject in this particular area is somewhat lacking. Not only in BT land is the grass is greenr, but more juicy, and has more variety and flavour.

    1. Avatar No Clue says:

      “Not only in BT land is the grass is greenr, but more juicy, and has more variety and flavour.”

      I could not possibly comment of you wanting to consume grass of any description, it sounds like you consumed one type already.

    2. Avatar RoboNuggie says:

      How immature.

    3. Avatar No Clue says:

      I agree talking about your Grass tasting habit is immature. Nobody needs to know about that.

    4. Avatar GNewton says:

      “Not only in BT land is the grass is greenr, but more juicy, and has more variety and flavour.”

      What variety does BT exactly has to offer? BT by and large only does flavours of DSL broadband, not fibre broadband. Even with hundreds of resellers this doesn’t change this fact, there is no real choice in BT land.

      The grass may look greener on the other side of the fence, but you still have to cut it there, too!

    5. Avatar No Clue says:

      I do not think he could see the grass for the weeds 😀

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