KCOM to roll out Lightstream fibre over 100% of Hull with additional investment

KCOM, the incumbent telecom operator for Hull, has announced that their final phase of the roll-out will be extended to cover 100% of their network area. The “Lightstream” roll-out scheme of ultrafast fibre-optic broadband on FTTP/C tech, will reach around 200,000 premises by March of 2019.

KCOM expects the penultimate phase of their deployment can be completed by the end of this year. This phase has so far cost around £60 million in investment and would reach 150,000 premises on their Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) technology. Residential users are being offered presently a maximum speed of up to 250Mbps, on the FTTP service. However, a smaller area reached by the provider’s slower FTTC service only gives access speeds of up to 75Mbps. On the whole, around 50,000 homes and some 5,000 businesses have been connected already to the new network.

KCOM has confirmed now that they intend to cover the remaining 50,000 homes and businesses within their footprint area by the March of 2019. The investment of around £60 million so far spent is mostly accrued from the sale of a large part of their UK fibre assets to Cityfibre. KCOM intends to increase their investment by another £25 million into their ‘Lightstream’ deployment, for expansion of the ‘full fibre’ network across Hull.

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