Broadband streams ahead
THERE'S no denying that the internet has transformed our world.
It has changed the way we live, work and play, and has prompted technology to advance so swiftly that tomorrow's innovation can quickly become yesterday's news.
In such a rapidly changing world, it is becoming harder for businesses to stay at the forefront of innovation.
But not so for Hull-based KC, which is pushing the boundaries of innovation into the next generation.
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In a world where millions of people now have more power in their mobile phones than a computer that, two decades ago, would have powered an entire company, it is hard to believe that so many people still struggle to download something as simple as a short video clip.
However, this is the situation faced by many.
To meet the changing needs of its customers, last year KC embarked on an ambitious programme to give its customers the best-connected homes and businesses in the UK through the deployment of lightning-fast fibre-optic broadband.
The result was KC Lightstream and KC Business Lightstream services, which deliver download speeds of 100Mbps to customers in KC's roll-out areas.
Kay Stevenson, KC communications manager, said: "Through our deployment of fibre-optic technology, we want to transform our customers' online experience today and meet the needs of the most bandwidth-hungry households and businesses for a generation to come.
"At 100Mbps, a typical music album can be downloaded in just five seconds and an hour-long television show takes about 30 seconds.
"A 5GB high-definition film takes about seven minutes, which is more than ten times faster than the UK average download speed."
These speeds are possible because of KC's investment in Fibre To The Premises (FTTP), through which fibre is connected directly to a customer's home or business.
This compares with Fibre To The Cabinet (FTTC) technology, through which fibre is laid to street cabinets and the existing copper cables are used to complete the connections to customers' premises.
Kay said: "FTTP technology is future-proof.
"Since our initial launch of KC Lightstream, we have already introduced a service that offers download speeds of 350Mbps and we are testing even faster speeds for launch in the future.
"By the end of this year, our multi-million pound investment will make KC Lighstream available to 15,000 homes and businesses in Hull and East Yorkshire."