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. The project has announced that it aims for Beverley to have 97% full fibre coverage (NOTE: The area covered by the constituency Beverley and Holderness 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 in addition to the obvious City of Kingston Upon Hull with full fibre coverage of 28.8% and 51.3% respectively.