Kingston Upon Hull which relies largely on KC for its telephone and broadband services looks set to see a much faster roll-out of the KC Lightstream service as the previous 30,000 premises planned for the next two years has now doubled to 60,000, which should mean coverage hits 105,000 in 2017.
"This is fantastic news for Hull and its growing digital economy, giving our residents and businesses – both current and future – access to state-of-the-art internet connectivity.
KC’s investment also supports us in our ambition to establish the city as a leading hub for digital technologies, alongside developments like the C4DI digital hub in the Fruit Market and the recently announced Ron Dearing University Technical College. It’s another milestone in the city of Hull’s transformation and provides the platform for further exciting developments ahead.Councillor Stephen Brady, Leader of Hull City Council
The faster roll-out is still almost exclusively Fibre to the Home or Fibre to the Premises if you are a business and is available to some 45,000 premises already meaning that a variety of options are available with 100 Mbps being the fastest package currently.
To help understand what the roll-out means we asked KC to confirm the approximate number of premises that are inside the KC footprint and a figure of 208,000 was supplied. So while the KC roll-out accounts for around 15% of the UK FTTH footprint (175,000 Openreach, 100,000 Hyperoptic, 45,000 KC, ~1000 B4RN, ~2000 Gigaclear plus an unknown number from IFNL and others) it does mean that in terms of coverage people may have to wait longer compared to most other parts of the UK for something beyond the old ADSL2+ services. The 2 Mbps USC was met by KC sometime ago, helped by the roll-out of ADSL2+ and relatively short distances between premises and exchanges.