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Fibre news for the Hull area
Tuesday 25 October 2011 19:05:37 by Andrew Ferguson

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


Posted by themanstan over 5 years ago
So looks like a FTTC 17a to delivery. Pity they haven't gone for the fibre to basement then ethernet that works well. But, i think the ducting arrangements in europe are better thought out when they are built.
Still, progress in Hull!
Posted by cyberdoyle over 5 years ago
agree with themanstan, would have been better if ethernet was used, but like the man says, progress. Ideal for cities where there are lots of people in one place. Short copper runs are fine but this way they are still tied to the old phone network paying for the line charge too.
Posted by Somerset over 5 years ago
What's this 'old phone network'?
Posted by dodgyshirt over 5 years ago
So council-housed immigrants get priority yet again. I can't wait to leave the Hull area.
Posted by g8eqz over 5 years ago
This is just a way for KCOM to meet Government targets for high speed Internet. They've deliberately chosen the area with the highest population density in the city. We will all be paying for the users to enjoy fast Internet as it is also one of the most deprived areas where most people live off benefits. At least it will allow the drug dealers to operate more efficiently......
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