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KCOM See Full Fibre Broadband Surpass Copper on Hull UK Network

Friday, February 9th, 2018 (3:50 pm) - Score 1,204
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The incumbent telecoms operator for Hull in East Yorkshire, KCOM, has today confirmed that more people on their network are now using their new Gigabit capable “full fibre” (FTTP) broadband lines than older copper (ADSL) based connections for the first time.

At present KCOM has already expanded their “Lightstream” broadband technology (FTTP/C) to cover 75% of their network in the East Riding and Hull area, which reflects about 150,000 homes and businesses. Most of are being catered for via their ultrafast Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) lines, which can offer top download speeds of up to 250Mbps (soon to be 350Mbps) to local homes.

The operator is now working to extend FTTP/C to reach 100% of their network area by March 2019 (around 200,000 premises), which is currently becoming available to roughly 3,000 new properties every month throughout 2018. Overall KCOM has committed about £85m to upgrade their network and this will deliver 96% coverage via FTTP “full fibre“, with the remaining 4% being reached by slower 75Mbps capable FTTC (VDSL2).

Meanwhile today’s announcement means that the number of KCOM’s customers connected to their FTTP service across Hull and East Yorkshire is now greater than those on slow copper ADSL broadband, which is a significant milestone.

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 has previously suggested that their roll-out could result in them becoming the first operator in the United Kingdom to switch-off their old copper lines, although we’ll have to wait and see how things develop once their deployment has completed. Much could depend on the difference in price since existing customers won’t be happy if they’re forced to pay more, although disabling copper will cut KCOMs costs (we’re sure they’ll find a balance).

Sadly the Lightstream Rollout page on KCOM’s website doesn’t yet list the first phase of their deployment plan for 2018, although today’s update confirmed that the next areas to benefit will include Bransholme, Orchard Park, Little Weighton and Walkington.

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3 Responses
  1. Matthew Williams

    Well they wouldn’t be able to fully switch off copper until they converted the 4% on FTTC lines surely

  2. Chris P

    Its amazing what a monopoly provider can do when not being hampered by the regulator or LLU operators.

    I wonder if OCFOM will take note?

  3. Bill Worsley

    Despite KCOM saying they don’t have a MONOPOLY in Hull, which is quite true as it is cheaper for other companies to come into Hull than it is for them to go to BT. What the do have however is what I would call a “Historical” Monopoly.
    Hull Corporation Telephones were the only private Telephone company in the country, wholly owned by Hull City Council and as such had the whole city covered by their system, as well as Beverley and other nearby villages like Cottingham, Ferriby and Brough.
    Kingston Communications was sold of and became a private company, with no connection to Hull City Council.
    The company, now branded as KCOM took over the entirenetwork that was owned by Hull City Council and as such had cables to everyone with an 01482 phone. Any other company wishing to come into Hull would be hard pressed to find sufficient subscribers to make it financially viable. It would take something similar to what was done to BT to break this Monopoly. Until this is done KCOM can play people like Nero and do what they want within the legal boundaries and there will be no come back.
    I would have thought that the “Lightstream” roll-out would have been completed with in the Hull boundaries rather than hitting outlying villages first. Their rollout seems more financially motivated than loyal customer based. Hitting the areas where they will get the highest take up.

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