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MS3 Confirm First Trial Areas for Ultrafast FTTH Broadband in Hull UK

Friday, September 16th, 2016 (2:12 pm) - Score 972
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Communications provider MS3, which last week announced plans to roll-out an “ultrafast” Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH/P) broadband network around parts of Hull in East Yorkshire (here), has today confirmed an initial investment of £500,000 and named their first trial area of 1,200 homes.

Apparently MS3’s announcement drew a “remarkable level” of interest from residents across the City and beyond, reaching as far as Brough and Thorngumbald. Never the less the operator, which will be taking on the local incumbent of KCOM that has a similar FTTP network of its own, has been able to identify an initial area in West Hull for their first trial of the service.

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Residents in the following streets will be included in the trial: Calvert Lane, Hamlyn Avenue, Cardigan Road, Meadowbank Road, Roslyn Road, Morris Road, Woldcarr Road, Northfield Road, Springfield Road and Parkfield Drive.

We note that the entire trial area actually reflects a total of 2,813 properties and MS3’s current calculations estimate a cost of £500 per home passed, which is similar to how much Cityfibre, Sky Broadband and TalkTalk have been quoting for their FTTH/P roll-out in the city of York.

Tony Hales, MS3’s Managing Director, told ISPreview.co.uk:

“We are delighted at the responses we’ve had so far from residents in Hull regarding ConnectHull. There is clearly a huge demand for a genuine fixed line alternative to KCOM.

We have now identified an initial area to undertake a trial of the service and we are confident this will be a great benefit to both the local community and to Hull on a much wider scale.”

Anyone in the initial trial area that requires a service can sign up at connectHull or call 01482 221721 and residents of other areas can still register their interest on the same website and will then be notified when it is available in their area.

The ISP said they were now putting together roll-out plans to reach in excess of 20,000 homes per year from 2017 onwards, with those areas expected to be announced in December 2016. Meanwhile the first trial customers could be connected in October 2016, with development starting this month.

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5 Responses
  1. Avatar G Crick

    Seriously, BT should not be allowed to compete with advanced FTTH service in areas that have been serviced by someone like Cityfibre etc.

    They should be force to build out in under severed areas!!!!

    • Avatar Steve Jones

      Firstly this article is nothing to do with BT. It’s in Hull, where KCOM is the incumbent.

      Secondly, BT is a commercial company and as such will seek to invest where it stands to make a return, just like any other (where public money is onvolved, that’s a different issue). There simply is not legal basis to “force” BT to invest billions of pounds where there will be a guaranteed loss when other network builders are free to do whatever they like where they like.

      Of course there are some requirements (specifically imposed on BT) from the legacy of the old phone monopoly, but there is no national broadband monopoly. BT does have local monopolies of course, but these tend to be in areas which are more costly to serve and where the market size is a lot smaller. If you want a clue, examine where VM tend to invest.

    • Avatar AndyH

      @ G Crick – Why do you keep posting under different names?

    • Avatar 125uS

      If a company built out only in ‘under severed’ areas, one of two things would happen.

      1) The price would be so high that no-one could afford it and so no-one actually gets the better broadband they want. Company goes bust.

      2) The service is priced low, below the high cost, and the company gets sued by rivals under the Competition Act. Company goes bust.

      Rural provision in a ubiquitous network is subsidised by the profits made from urban provision. The final 10% costs the same as the first 90%, so rule of thumb is that you need 10 urban customers to subsidise one rural one and still be able to make some kind of return.

  2. Avatar G Crick

    Under services area in this context are perfectly good areas, with FTTC, but no Virgin Media, or other provider.

    This way the overall all investment by all companies is best for UK.

    Having BT see an area that get a better provider, and they go, ‘right we can’t have them get any market share, lets deploy new stuff here’ is just monopoly!

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