KCOM have launched an ultra fast broadband service in Hull, after the city was considered to have one of the slowest internet speeds in the UK, writes Micah Abbey.
The average internet speed in London and Leeds is nearly twice as much compared to Kingston upon Hull. Statistics taken from recent data has shown that Hull is one of only eight cities in the UK that has broadband speed slower than the national average which is 18.7Mbp/s.
The new Lightstream service will offer download speeds of around 250Mbps.
KCOM’s chief marketing officer, Cathy Phillips, said:
“Hull is the only city in the UK where ultrafast broadband is being rolled out as standard thanks to our £60m investment in the latest fibre technology. In fact, many areas of Hull and East Yorkshire have ultrafast broadband coverage that is the benchmark that the rest of the UK aspires to, offering download speeds of up to 250Mbps for households and 1Gbps for businesses.
“Because the service we’re installing is world-class, and far superior to what’s available elsewhere in the UK, it’s taking us longer to roll it out. It’s a hugely ambitious project – our biggest since we built the copper network 110 years ago – and we do appreciate it can be frustrating for people who can’t get Lightstream yet.
“Our ultrafast service already covers 113,000 properties across Hull and East Yorkshire and we are connecting a new customer to Lightstream every 30 minutes. By the end of 2017 it will cover 75 per cent of our network. We’re working hard to get to all our customers as soon as possible and we will have our entire network covered by 2020.
“ThinkBroadband.com, who are behind this research, have also named KCOM as the fastest broadband provider in the UK for the past two months running* while Minister of State for Digital and Culture Matt Hancock Matt Hancock recently singled out our commitment to a full fibre rollout as “the future”.”
Below is an infographic of the internet speed of 15 of the biggest cites in the UK.