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KCOM tops the table for fibre broadband


Hull and East Yorkshire are leading the way when it comes to world-beating full fibre broadband.

Tech industry experts Think Broadband have released a list of the UK’s leading local authorities for full fibre availability - and Hull and the East Riding of Yorkshire have clinched the top two spots.

Hull is at the top of the table with 84.7 per cent full fibre availability thanks to KCOM’s £85m rollout of its ultrafast full fibre Lightstream network.

The East Riding of Yorkshire comes second with 39.08 per cent of full fibre coverage.

Sean Royce, KCOM’s managing director, said: “It’s great to see Hull and East Yorkshire sitting at the top of the table of the top 25 areas of the UK for full fibre availability. This shows just how far we’ve come in the past six years since our Lightstream rollout began and how far ahead of the pack we are.

“Our full fibre network has not only cemented the region’s reputation as one of the UK’s digital hotspots but is helping to underpin Hull’s buoyant tech and digital sectors.

“The fact that Hull has more than double the availability of full fibre as Cornwall, which is third on the list, and the City of London, which is fifth, shows all our hard work is now paying off.”

More figures released by Think Broadband last month also showed that Hull has an average download speed of 78.6Mbps. That is 18.21Mbps faster than Singapore - which is the fastest broadband nation on the planet.

Sean Royce added: “The even better news is we’re still not finished. We are now busy working on the final phase of our Lightstream rollout which will bring full fibre and all its associated benefits to customers right across our network by March 2019.”

The news tops a good week for the Hull-based IT and communications provider which was also nominated for two national awards for its Lightstream broadband rollout.

The company was nominated in both the Outstanding Contribution and Urban Impact categories for the Independent Networks Cooperative Association’s (INCA) Altnet awards. The awards celebrate excellence in the development of digital networks across the UK.

The winners will be announced in London on Monday, 5 November.

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