KCOM announces summer of Lightstream for east Hull

Published: Friday 30th June 2017 by HEY Today editor

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Nearly 10,000 more east Hull homes will soon have access to ultrafast broadband as KCOM announces the next stage of its Lightstream rollout.

Areas including Longhill, Sutton and Bilton will be able to order the ultrafast broadband this summer, enabling them to enjoy download speeds of 250Mbps (megabits per second) for residential customers and one Gigabit per second for businesses.

The east Hull rollout is the latest phase of KCOM’s £60 million investment in its fibre to the premises (FTTP) broadband network. By the end of 2017, Lightstream will be available to at least 150,000 properties, equal to 75 per cent of its overall network in Hull and East Yorkshire.

Cathy Phillips, KCOM’s chief marketing officer, said: “We are delighted to be able to announce the next stage of our Lightstream rollout, which will bring the benefits of ultrafast broadband to thousands of homes in east Hull.

“Demand for Lightstream has been incredible and we are connecting a new customer every 20 minutes, which truly cements Hull’s growing reputation as one of the UK’s digital hotspots.

“KCOM’s significant financial investment in its fibre network is now paying dividends for the people and businesses of Hull. It means people will be able to enjoy faster streaming, surfing, downloading and gaming at home while businesses will be able to work faster and smarter.

“As we accelerate our rollout of Lightstream across all of Hull, we are putting in place the digital infrastructure and capability to meet the demands of being a forward-looking, 21st Century city.”

Residents in Hull’s Longhill estate can order Lightstream from this week while householders in the James Reckitt Avenue, Preston Road and Dunscombe Park areas will be able to order the service from 7 July.

Bilton residents will be able to order Lightstream from 18 July while areas of Sutton, including College Street and Tweendykes Road, will go live from 1 August.

Other parts of east Hull including areas surrounding Southcoates Lane, Portobello Street and Aberdeen Street will receive Lightstream from early September.

KCOM’s Lightstream broadband uses FTTP technology, where fibre is laid right up to each individual property. This is unlike most other UK fibre services where the fibre ends at a street cabinet with the signal completing its journey on old copper wiring.

As well as faster speeds today, another benefit of FTTP is that the network is future-proofed, meaning it will be able to deal with demand for even faster internet services for years to come.

To check when Lightstream will be available in your area click here.

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Published: Friday 30th June 2017 by HEY Today editor

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