Buses always seem to bunch up, you spend ages waiting for your one to only have two arrive at once, and it seems the same phenomenon may be affecting FTTP roll-outs. Parts of the Hull area now has the option of an FTTP solution via MS3 Communications, independent of the Lightstream roll-out that KC is carrying out in East Yorkshire.
MS3 Communications announced its plan a year ago, and today we are seeing the first 50km of the network going live and according to the article over on ISPreview the first customers are also live on the network.
In case you are not aware, the Hull area and East Yorkshire is the one part of the UK where a telecoms operator other than BT holds the telephone service obligation. For residents who have spotted MS3 and their contractors installing fibre, we believe that the services offered by MS3 are aimed at business use, so will probably be well beyond the cost of the average consumer. KC who are the incumbent operator are busy rolling out their fibre solution which should reach 30,000 premises by the end of 2013.
Outside the Hull area, CityFibre Holdings are also delivering a fibre network in York, and while the focus is on the business side currently, the original talk was of connecting homes too, so we will be looking out for progress on that front. Another part of Yorkshire plays host to the Digital Region network, which while it may be troubled financially does offer service to some 80% of properties in South Yorkshire, often competing with Virgin Media cable and Openreach FTTC services. With the North Yorkshire BDUK project now delivering service too, we may be seeing an East/West divide as Lancashire is still waiting on EU State Aid Approval for its BDUK project, the delay of this approval as the council elected to not be part of BDUK blanket approval has already delayed project completion from the end of 2014 to the end of 2015.