East-Yorkshire based broadband provider KCOM has announced it is delighted by the response to its rollout of full fibre broadband in Bridlington.
Its work to expand its ultrafast network to the east coast holiday resort is part of a £100m investment programme that is making faster, more reliable broadband available to thousands of homes and businesses in the area.
KCOM’s chief executive officer Dale Raneberg said: “I’m delighted with the response to the current phase of our ambitious expansion plan, which is bringing the benefits of full fibre broadband to Bridlington.
“As one of the region’s major towns, and Yorkshire’s main coastal tourist destination, Bridlington is a vibrant resort with much to offer – and it deserves a broadband service to match
“As a local business with deep roots in the region, Bridlington was an obvious choice for KCOM when we were looking for areas to expand our award-winning network and it will benefit hugely from our investment in cutting edge broadband technology.
“Our network is already bringing real benefits to residents across East Yorkshire and soon the people of Bridlington will be able to join Hull, Beverley Pocklington, Goole, Hornsea and Withernsea in enjoying the UK’s best and most reliable broadband service.
“The encouraging response we’ve had from people pre-registering their interest in our services shows there’s a huge pent-up demand for the high-quality broadband services we provide.”
Mr Raneberg added that quality broadband was now considered an essential utility by many – especially as more people are working from home due to the coronavirus pandemic.
He said: “This investment in Fibre To the Premises (FTTP) infrastructure is not just making life easier with faster download speeds for people at home – it is also helping to create growth and innovation and will play a massive role in underpinning the region’s economic recovery after Covid-19.
“Towns like Bridlington that rely heavily on tourism will be able to make the full use of full fibre broadband to show it’s open for business while giving those who live and work in the town the best possible online experience, creating new opportunities and reinvigorating the economy.”
Despite challenging circumstances, KCOM’s key worker engineers have continued building critical network capacity throughout the coronavirus pandemic, helping to connect local authorities and companies on the frontline against Covid-19 while also supporting local communities.
The economic impact of East Yorkshire-based KCOM’s investment in FTTP technology, which delivers broadband speeds of up to 900Mbps directly to customers’ homes and businesses, has been huge with the benefits going well beyond faster browsing.
Research from tech research consultancy Innovation Observatory found KCOM’s full fibre network added more than £469 million in value to the Hull and East Yorkshire economy between 2012 and 2018.*
KCOM’s expansion plans also support the Government’s goal to make gigabit-capable connectivity available nationwide by 2025. Just 15 per cent of UK properties currently have access to full fibre broadband.
KCOM’s full fibre network has been recognised as a leading light in broadband provision by both the communications industry and the European Commission.
As well as being named Best Consumer Broadband Provider at the Internet Service Provider Awards (ISPA) 2019, KCOM also triumphed in the Quality and Affordability of Services category at the European Broadband Awards.• To register for more information on full fibre in Bridlington and exclusive early bird offers click here
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