ISPreview spotted an article on the Hello From Hull website detailing expansion plans for Kingston Communications (Karoo) fibre trials, that should eventually see some 15,000 homes connected to a mixture of fibre to the cabinet, fibre to the home and fibre to the building solutions.
A month ago the news was comments from the first people connected to the trial fibre network in Woodmansey. We now have the news that five high-rise blocks in Great Thornton Street and Cambridge Street are to be the next to get access to the super fast broadband service with speeds up to 80 Mbps. The first household is expected to be connected in November.
Woodmansey was a trial of fibre to the home, the latest estate will be a FTTB (Fibre to the Basement) arrangement, where the fibre is run into a comms cabinet in the basement and distributed around the high-rise using existing copper cables. In European cities with a longer tradition of shared apartment blocks FTTB is common already and to some extent accounts for the speed of roll-out some countries have achieved.
"It's refreshing - in tough times - to see a major company putting the needs of an often overlooked community at the top of its priority list. It makes it much, much easier for residents - especially the older and vulnerable - to get online access to the services they really need and it also enables us to further promote our range of services to the local community.
Goodwin looks forward to working with KC to develop a range of services that will help transform the lives of our residents. It's a win-win scenario for the Thornton Estate"Pete McGurn, Chief Executive of the Goodwin Development Trust