KCOM announces plan to expand its full fibre network
KCOM is not going to let the expertise learnt from building its full fibre Lightstream service across go to waste, since with the support of its new owner MEIF 6 Fibre Limited the telco is set to embark on a £100 million investment programme that will see it expand its full fibre network to thousands more homes and businesses in the East Yorkshire and Hull area.
Our investment in Fibre To The Premises technology to date has made Hull the UK’s first full fibre city, with broadband speeds that are the envy of the rest of the UK.
I’m delighted to announce the first phase of our new, ambitious plans to bring our award-winning broadband to many more homes and businesses in East Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire. By investing to develop and expand our networks we hope to deliver benefits to residents through infrastructure that will also underpin growth and innovation across the region.
Our full fibre infrastructure is contributing to the creation of a regional powerhouse. This new programme will more than double our investment in Fibre To The Premises.KCOM chief executive Dale Raneberg
No detail on dates or where yet, but the press release talks of tens of thousands of homes. The main urban area of Hull have been already covered so if the expansion is in the distinctly rural areas it might mean 50,000 premises can be covered OR if building in places like Market Weighton, Pocklington and Driffield the lower cost per property in those areas might see the total rising into the region of 80,000 premises. East Riding of Yorkshire comprises some 160,000 premises with 40% already with access to FTTP via KCOM or Openreach so this expansion if the costs can be kept low has the potential to get full fibre coverage into the 90% and higher region for a large geographic area.
Update 6:15pm: We asked if the plans include the small number of FTTC premises that KCOM still has, and the response has been that the plans do include upgrading the KCOM premises served by just FTTC to full fibre.