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BY Sam Walker | Tuesday 2 May 2023

Hull was the UK’s first completely digital city.

Tim Shaw, managing director of KCOM Wholesale & Networks, with a van from the new fleet.

With an average download speed of 173.7 Mbps*, the city of Hull enjoys one of the fastest broadband networks in the UK and Europe and regularly tops the UK’s connectivity charts. (*Think Broadband, April 2023).

Since 2012, KCOM has invested £185m in building a world-class full fibre broadband network in Hull and surrounding areas of East Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire, bringing around £1bn to the local economy according to Innovation Observatory.

In 2022, KCOM announced a further £78m investment in expanding its network further into North Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, which will connect circa 350,000 homes and businesses by 2025.

Its Lightstream package offers unmatched connectivity and remote working conditions, whilst the superfast city shows no signs of slowing down either.

Other networks such as Connexin, MS3 and Grain are all being installed in Hull.

Tim Shaw, KCOM chief executive officer, said: “Hull has a long history of being a pioneering city and one that’s often sought to tread an independent path to the rest of the UK.

“This was evident back in 2012 when KCOM decided to take the lead and roll out what has become arguably the best full fibre broadband network in the UK.

“This has delivered a world class network for businesses looking to locate to an area with fantastic connectivity and provided the platform for a tech and digital sector resurgence across Hull and the Humber region.

“Hull is undoubtedly providing the right conditions and infrastructure for innovative and forward-looking investors.”