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KC delivers 2 Mbps Universal Service Commitment in 2012
Monday 02 April 2012 18:43:18 by Andrew Ferguson

A short trading update from KCOM Group PLC (KC, Karoo) reveals that some three years ahead of the Government May 2015 target, the Kingston upon Hull area is meeting the minimum 2 Mbps connection speed for the Universal Service Commitment.

KC has also launched its LightStream products, so is not just looking at minimum speeds, and looking at our broadband speedtest results we are seeing people recording downstream speeds of 97 Mbps and upstreams around the 18 Mbps mark.

The 2 Mbps USC will hopefully only be a baseline figure, rather than a goal that companies and local authorities will think when reached that they can close projects down thinking the job is done. Certainly by 2015 expectations and needs for better speeds will limit those connecting at only 2 Mbps to the sort of activities that people with only dial-up access were considering a year or two ago. Particularly if the goals for faster broadband are met, and commercial websites can target content at the majority, in a similar way to how many websites assume we all use widescreen high definition monitors to view the web.

Comments

Posted by herdwick over 5 years ago
So there are no KC customers who experience a download rate below 2000 kbits/s on your speed test ?
Posted by andrew (Favicon staff member) over 5 years ago
Connection speed is different to a speedtest result.

For all we know a speedtest may be done on a connection from the bottom of the garden on an 802.11b link.
Posted by herdwick over 5 years ago
Indeed, but as perceived by the user (and the ASA) it appears to be what counts these days.
Posted by craigbrass over 5 years ago
I think all the WISPs in Hull had something to do with KC getting stuck in early...

With regards to checking which customers are not getting the 2Mbps, you'd think it would be easy to pull reports from all DSLAMs in service and see what everyone is synced at to find out where they need to improve...
Posted by herdwick over 5 years ago
Entanet have made reports on user connection speeds available to their resellers so an integrated provider like KC should indeed know this.
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