Fibre for some Hull residents
The Hull area where KCOM has significant market power as the sole fixed line broadband supplier may be seeing a degree of competition and that from a provider aiming to install 100Mbps symmetric solutions to homes.
As part of its NextGenUs strategic partnership Fibrestream are close to starting roll-out of a fibre solution to the flats on the Great Thornton estate in Hull, the solution is meant to be an open access model, meaning that Fibrestream will build the network and then allow for a fee communications providers to provide services like HDTV and internet access over it. Interesting their website does accept that in a case of market failure to ensure the network is not left in the ground as just dark fibre they may have to step in as a retail provider.
Fibrestream are not just looking at the Hull area but are actively looking to gauge the level of interest from other parts of the UK and has a dedicated page detailing how to get in touch with them.
Once the first phase has been completed the aim is to get possible EU funding to help expand the network to the rest of the estate and then further areas across Hull.