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KCOM enjoys Brussels early this Christmas with international award win


Lightstream broadband is making waves across Europe after claiming a major international award

KCOM’s ground breaking Lightstream broadband is making waves across Europe after claiming a major international award.

The Hull-based broadband provider’s full fibre service was named the winner in the Quality and Affordability of Services category at the prestigious European Broadband Awards last night at a ceremony in Brussels.

KCOM managing director Sean Royce said: “I’m absolutely delighted we’re bringing this award home to Hull and East Yorkshire. It’s a brilliant early Christmas present for all our team.

“It shows the whole continent that when it comes to quality broadband Hull and East Yorkshire are up there with the very best Europe has to offer.

“The message is already out in the UK that our full fibre network is second to none and now the rest of Europe know it too. This can only enhance the region’s reputation as a place offering the very best in fast, affordable and reliable broadband – and an ideal place to live, invest and do business.”

KCOM overcame international competition from the Catalan Gigabit Society Plan and WEMACOM Breitband, in northern Germany, to claim the award which focuses on projects providing “high quality and affordable services for end-users”.

The European Broadband Awards win is the latest recognition for the Hull-based IT and communications provider.

It was recently named the best consumer broadband provider at the Internet Service Providers Awards (ISPA) 2019. During the past year it has also claimed the Innovation and Technology Award at the Hull Live Business Award 2019, the Best Urban Impact Award at the inaugural Altnet (Alternative Network) Awards and the Fibre Connectivity Award at the Connected Britain Awards.

KCOM’s full fibre network was completed earlier this year and now covers every corner of the company’s regional network. In contrast, across the rest of the UK full fibre broadband is available to just eight per cent of properties. So far, more than 100,000 homes and business customers in Hull and East Yorkshire have switched to Lightstream.

With an average download speed of 94.7Mbps, Hull and East Yorkshire’s full fibre network has made the region one of the fastest in the world for full fibre broadband.

A recent report commissioned by KCOM also showed the availability of full fibre broadband has already had a major impact on the Hull and East Yorkshire economy. Since 2012, Lightstream has added £469 million in extra value to the local economy and now adds an extra £127m every year.

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