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KCOM's fibre rollout to reach 10,000 homes in Hedon, Preston and Hull

Monday, July 11th 2016 by Phil Wilkinson-Jones

KCOM has announced which communities will be next to benefit from its fibre broadband rollout.

Around 5,000 homes and businesses in the market town of Hedon and the village of Preston will be able to order KCOM’s Lightstream service before the end of the year.

A further 5,000 premises in the Bricknell Avenue area of Hull – including Burniston Road, County North Road, Grammar School Road, National Avenue and Fairfax Avenue – are also set to benefit from the rollout.

Around 3,200 households will get access to the fibre service from Wednesday 20 July, with the remaining properties able to upgrade in September and October.

Lightstream, which is delivered using fibre to the premises technology, has already been made available to more than 75,000 premises in Hull and East Yorkshire.

Thes current expansion of the service will see that number increase to around 150,000 properties – around three quarters of KCOM’s network – by December 2017.

At that point, KCOM says its total capital investment in fibre broadband will have reached about £60m.

Lightstream was made available to 4,500 homes in the Holderness Road area of Hull last month.

In just a few weeks, more than 500 households have upgraded to the service or made an appointment to have it installed.

Sue Helmont, KCOM’s director of consumer services, said: “In the current phase of our rollout we’re taking Lightstream to thousands of properties where broadband speeds are slower than average because of the distance to the telephone exchange they’re served by.

'Acceleration'

“This is the case in the Bricknell Avenue area of the city and we’re delighted to give customers there the opportunity to go superfast.

“We’re doing all we can to make superfast broadband available to as many customers as possible as quickly as possible.

“The acceleration of our plans to make Lightstream available right across our network means that throughout this year we’ll be connecting a new household to Lightstream every half an hour.”

Last month, KCOM and Hull City Council announced a joint initiative that will see up to 150 households in the Orchard Park area of the city get a free home broadband connection for six months.

The project, which will also see wi-fi hotspots installed in local community centres, is aimed at increasing internet usage across Hull.

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