Hull-based ISP KC will reportedly look to halt offering copper-based broadband services once its ‘Lightstream’ branded fibre-based network is fully rolled out. According to the Hull Daily Mail, Bill Halbert, CEO of KC parent company KCOM Group, has said that the fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) infrastructure is expected to be available to every home in the Hull area by 2020 at the latest. Presently some 53,000 premises are within the network footprint, with KC claiming that around 40% of those have upgraded to a fibre broadband service. In answering a question on the possibility of a copper switch-off, Mr Halbert was cited as saying: ‘Once we have fibred up the whole area, we would want to take the copper network out … There are one or two regulatory discussions we would have to have … We intend to talk to the regulator [Ofcom] about it and, by the time we’ve completed the fibre network, by 2020 or earlier, we would hope to have agreement.’
KC announced earlier this year it was doubling the speed of its FTTH rollout, and as such the company now aims to have an additional 60,000 able to connect to the network by mid-2017, up from the 30,000 it had initially proposed. Meanwhile, speed upgrades are also planned, with the company planning to boost the top-end speeds offered to 1Gbps.
In separate but related news, earlier this week KCOM Group published its financial results for the six months to 30 September 2015, revealing a 3% year-on-year decline in net profit to GBP24.6 million (USD37.9 million), despite revenues increasing by 3% to GBP177.9 million.