KCom on its way to 150,000 premises of full fibre

It is easy to complain about the UK having less full fibre broadband coverage than other economies but some areas are addressing that and where full fibre has been delivered any economic advantages should be abundantly clear. KCom with its Lightstream roll-out has been praised by Matt Hancock MP Minister of State for Digital and Culture at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and while the area is the leading area for full fibre coverage it is trailing in terms of superfast and ultrafast metrics. The aim for KCom is to deliver some 150,000 premises of full fibre equating to 75% coverage of the area that is covered by KCom telephone lines, and we recently featured the news about the 40,000th live customer[1].

The project has announced that it aims for Beverley[2] to have 97% full fibre coverage (NOTE: The area covered by the constituency Beverley and Holderness[3] is much larger hence the dilution of the figures.

Our tracking shows some 105,265 premises have access to full fibre from KCom which ties in with their announced figures, and means there will be a lot more work to do in 2017 to reach the 150,000 goal.

The KCom footprint falls across two local authority areas The East Riding of Yorkshire[4] in addition to the obvious City of Kingston Upon Hull[5] with full fibre coverage of 28.8% and 51.3% respectively.



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How Hull’s broadband ranks against the rest of the UK revealed

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Hull has the worst availability of superfast broadband in the country, new government data has revealed. Data analysis by the House of Commons Library of Ofcom’s Connected Nations information has labelled constituencies in Hull as having the lowest availability of superfast broadband. The data ranks all 650 constituencies in the UK for the percentage of homes that have access to superfast broadband.

All but eight constituencies had more than 50 per cent availability, but three of these were in Hull. The worst of all 650 areas is Hull East with superfast available in only 27 percent of homes.

How Hull's Broadband Ranks Against The Rest Of The UK Revealed

The second lowest is Hull West and Hessle2, which has superfast broadband availability of 36 per cent. Hull North also appears in the list of having the lowest availability of superfast broadband, with 47 per cent of homes able to purchase the service, making it the seventh worst area.

KCOM says that Hull features low on these league tables because they have “leapfrogged” the superfast technology, and are “top of the league tables” when it comes to ultrafast availability. A total of 178 constituencies in the UK have superfast availability of over 95 per cent. While Hull East is bottom of table with 27 per cent availability, Bournemouth East tops the list with superfast broadband available in 99.3 percent of homes.

Read more: What you need to know about your KCOM data usage3

KCOM says is superfast service Lightstream will be available to more than 150,000 properties by the end of 20174. The company said last month that it was rolling out the service to an extra 35,000 properties, including areas in Kirk Ella, Anlaby, Cottingham, Hessle5 and Beverley.

Cathy Phillips, KCOM’s chief marketing officer, said: “We’ve chosen to leapfrog the superfast technology being used elsewhere in the UK and invest instead in providing ultrafast fibre broadband across our network.

“Our Lightstream service takes longer to roll out but the benefits of the superior technology we’re using are huge. Well over half of the households in our region can already receive speeds of 250Mbps (megabits per second) and businesses can receive 1Gbps (gigabit per second), far outstripping the speeds available elsewhere in the UK.

By the end of this year our Lightstream service will cover 75 per cent of our network.

“Hull is the only city in the UK where true fibre broadband is being rolled out as standard, putting us at the top of the league when it comes to ultrafast availability.

We know how important fast and reliable broadband is to our customers and we’re investing to meet their needs not just today but well into the future.”

More news: Hull’s most lucrative bus lane revealed6


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The next streets to get KCOM ultrafast broadband in Hull, Beverley, Hessle and Cottingham

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KCOM2 has revealed the next places in Hull and the East Riding which will receive access to its “ultrafast” broadband.

More than 35,000 properties will be linked to the Lightstream service over the next few weeks, including areas in Kirk Ella, Anlaby, Cottingham, Hessle3 and Beverley. The company said Lightstream will be available to more than 150,000 properties by the end of 2017- with the length of fibre cable laid equal to the diameter of the planet Mercury. More than 70 streets in Kirk Ella, Anlaby and Cottingham4 will go ultrafast during January while a further 90 streets in Hessle and Beverley5 will receive Lightstream in February.

Houses in Tranby Lane, Woodland Drive, Beverley Road, Hull Road, Grimston Road and First Lane will be connected from January 16, while more than 900 homes in The Parkway and Burton Road will be able to order the service from January 27.

The Next Streets To Get KCOM Ultrafast Broadband In Hull, Beverley, Hessle And Cottingham

In Hessle, nearly 1,000 properties in Jenny Brough Lane, Northwood Drive, Boothferry Road, Heads Lane, Woodfield Lane and Ferriby Road will be able to order from mid-February. In Beverley, Lightstream will be available to order from mid-February for 1,600 properties in Corporation Road, Kings Square, Hull Road, Hull Bridge Road, Keldgate, Minster Moorgate, Minster Avenue, St Andrew Street, Beckside, Beckside North, Thelstan Road and Wellington Road.

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From March, more than 5,200 properties in the HU16, HU6 and HU13 postcode areas will be able to receive ultrafast broadband from March with nearly 3,700 properties in the Willerby HU10 area able to sign up to Lightstream from mid-April. More than 2,400 homes in Longhill, east Hull, are on course to receive Lightstream from the end of May.

KCOM executive vice president Gary Young said: “The significant financial investment in this new infrastructure is now paying dividends for householders and businesses with ultrafast broadband as standard reaching more and more areas of north, east and west Hull as well as the surrounding towns and villages in the East Riding.

“This is truly putting Hull at the forefront of the UK’s ultrafast revolution.”

Details of the next phases of the rollout can be found here7 where customers can check when ultrafast will be available in their postcode.

Which streets will get ultrafast broadband next?

Tranby lane / Woodland Drive / Beverley Road – January

Alma Close

Barkworth Close

Beverley Road

Broadley Avenue

Croft Drive

Ella Park

Lowfield Road

Lynwood Avenue

Northfield Close

Samman Close

South Ella Farm Court

South Ella Way

Tower View

Tranby Croft

Tranby Lane

Tranby Ride

Voases Lane

West Ella Way

Woodland Drive

Hull Road / Grimston Road / First Lane

Brompton Close

Dalehouse Drive

Dawnay Drive

First Lane

Grimston Road

Hickling Close

Hildyard Close

Hull Road

Loyd Street

Manor Way

Mortimer Avenue

Nandike Close

Renton Court

Springfield Court

Springhead Lane

Tison Garth

Cottingham – January

Burton Road

Canada Drive

Chelsea Court

Inverewe Way

Maple Leaf Court

Meadow Way

Monkton Close

Montcalm Walk

Montreal Crescent

Murray Crescent

Ottawa Close

Quebec Drive

Ramsden Place

St Lawrence Avenue

Townshend Drive

Travis Road

Wolfe Close

The Parkway

Arncliffe Way

Awmand Green

Beltham Green

Brooklands Park

Burdale Walk

Burton Road

Cottam Walk

Fimber Avenue

Fleming Walk

Folkton Avenue

Ganton Avenue

Heslerton Avenue

Kent Road

Langdale Crescent

Lea Crescent

Muston Avenue

Ramsden Place

Rillington Avenue

The Close

The Parkway

Travis Road

Wake Avenue

Winteringham Walk

Yedingham Walk

Beverley – February

Corporation Road

Kings Square

New Walkergate

Duesbury Close


Norwood Dale

Corporation Road

The Causeway

Langdale Avenue

Hull Road

Oaksley Carr

Hull Bridge Road

Grange Way

Hull Bridge Road


Minster Moorgate


Minster Court

Regent Street

St John Street

Minster Avenue

St Andrew Street

Long Lane


Minster Yard South

St David Close

Whitehead Close

Lurk Lane


Beckside North

Holme Church Lane


James Ingle Mews

Blucher Lane

Mariners Court

St Nicholas Road

Beckside North

Thelstan Road

Wellington Road

Turner Road

Mill Lane

Waltham Court

Athelstan Road

Wellington Road

The Causeway

Hessle – February

Jenny Brough Lane / Boothferry Road / Heads Lane

Boothferry Road

Conisbro Croft


Fountain Close

Headlands Drive

Heads Lane

Hillcrest Avenue

Jameson Keep

Lodge Gardens


Swanland Road

Tall Trees

Weelsby Way

Northwood Drive

Acorn Way

Ash Close

Beech Grove

Birch Close

Hawthorne Rise

Jenny Brough Meadows

Maple Grove

Northwood Drive

Sycamore Close

Tranby Park Meadows

Woodfield Lane / Ferriby Road

Barton Drive

Bluebell Gardens

Chestnut Avenue

Cliff House Drive

Cliff Top Lane

Davenport Avenue

Dunston Drive

Elsham Rise

Gladstone Street

Heads Lane

Meadow Road

Thornton Close

Tranby Lodge Gardens


Woodfield Lane

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