Hull and East Yorkshire get 100Mbps fibre details

KCom has revealed the locations in Hull and East Yorkshire where its retail ISP arm KC will roll out 100Mbps fibre-based broadband.The company, which is in the unusual position of having a monopoly in Hull, said on Monday that its KC Lightstream fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) services would be available to 15,000 homes and businesses in east and west Hull, to the north of Hull and "across several East Yorkshire villages".

KCom has revealed the locations in Hull and East Yorkshire where its retail ISP arm KC will roll out 100Mbps fibre-based broadband.

The company, which is in the unusual position of having a monopoly in Hull, said on Monday that its KC Lightstream fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) services would be available to 15,000 homes and businesses in east and west Hull, to the north of Hull and "across several East Yorkshire villages".

"We've embarked on this ambitious fibre roll-out programme to give our customers the best-connected homes and businesses in the UK," KC chief executive Kevin Walsh said in a statement. "This will give them access to the world of information, communication and entertainment that the internet offers at lightning speeds."

Opting for FTTP involves running fibre directly to homes and businesses, which means KC will be able to deliver speeds of up to 100Mbps. In the rest of the country, BT is mostly focusing on the slower fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) variant of fibre broadband. This gives speeds of up to 40Mbps, although BT says it will double that this year.

Hull is the only place in the UK not served by BT.

KC's business pricing ranges from £25 to £100 per month, depending on the chosen speed. Consumer pricing also starts at £25 per month for 45Mbps. The ISP said on Monday that it would this year offer fibre to 10,000 homes and businesses in Hull and 5,000 in the East Riding of Yorkshire.

Customer installations will kick off on 6 February in the Grovehill area of Beverley, followed by the Grange Way, Lockwood Road, Butt Lane, Old Manor Lawns, Lincoln Way, Poplars Way and Norwood areas.

Depending on the outcome of engineering surveys, these further sites will see fibre availability later this year:

• Priory Park business park in Hessle • Barnsley Street, Belmont Street and Buckingham Street off Holderness Road • A number of East Yorkshire villages including Skidby • Flats and apartments in areas including Hull city centre • Kingswood in the north of Hull • Parts of Greatfield estate in east Hull, as well as other areas of east Hull • Victoria Dock • Parts of Sutton-on-Hull • Parts of west Hull around Pickering Park

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