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KC 100Mbps fibre broadband trial to involve up to 280 homes

Tuesday, September 20th 2011 by Cable.co.uk
Up to 280 homes to take part in East Yorks fibre broadband trial

The first households in Woodmansey have been hooked up to the service.

Almost 300 homes in an East Yorkshire village will be taking part in a trial of fibre optic broadband offering speeds of up to 100Mbps.

Local internet service provider (ISP) KC is piloting the technology in Woodmansey, located north of Hull, with the scheme set to run for six months.

Households that have signed up for the initiative will not have to pay any more than their regular monthly subscription fee to be hooked up to the next-generation connection, in return for giving KC regular feedback about their browsing experience.

Abigail Boland, 18, is one of the first trialists to have her fibre optic broadband line activated. As many as 280 homes in the village will be involved in the project, reports the Yorkshire Post.

Residents who receive access to 100Mbps speeds will be able to simultaneously perform multiple bandwidth-heavy online functions and applications, such as streaming videos, watching high-definition (HD) TV and browsing the web on enabled devices.

More than twice as fast as BT's fibre-to-the-cabinet service, Infinity, KC's product also allow customers to download an entire music album in under two seconds, an hour-long television show in just over half a minute and an HD movie in between one and two minutes.

KC opened the trial on September 1st 2011 as part of its wider plan to roll out super-fast broadband infrastructure to 15,000 homes across East Yorkshire. More than 3,000 businesses in the county already have access to fibre broadband installed by the ISP.

Commenting on the project, KC chief executive Kevin Walsh said: "Our fibre deployment is the latest stage of our ongoing work and investment to make sure our customers in Hull and East Yorkshire have access to the very best broadband in the UK.

"During the past year we've upgraded our network and increased its capacity so that the vast majority of our customers can already achieve download speeds that would be the envy of many broadband users elsewhere in the UK." 

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