High-rise residents get up to speed with superfast surfing

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RESIDENTS in a block of inner-city flats in Hull are enjoying the benefits of superfast broadband after becoming one of the first areas in the East Riding to be hooked up to a new fibre-optic network.

Householders in the Great Thornton Street area have been connected to the network by city telecoms provider KC.

Customer Daniel Wheel, of Cambridge Street, said: “The speeds from the KC fibre service are amazing. It feels so good to be able to stream HD quality movies and videos and not have to wait for it to load. I’m lucky to be amongst the first few to try it out and help KC improve the service and help everyone else get this connection as soon as possible.”

The boost comes after maps published by telecoms watchdog Ofsted revealed varying coverage across the Yorkshire and Humber region - with some areas being described as “digital deserts”.

The worst coverage is in North Yorkshire, where barely one in seven people have access to superfast broadband.

KC’s hi-tech network – which will reach 15,000 homes by the end of next year – was launched in Woodmansey in September and will soon be installed in Weel, Swine, and Benningholme.

It allows users to download an entire music album in less than two seconds, an hour-long television show in just 31 seconds and a full high-definition movie in one to two minutes.

Pete McGurn, the chief executive of the Goodwin Development Trust, a social enterprise working on the estate, said: “It’s refreshing in tough times to see a major company putting the needs of an often overlooked community at the top of its priority list.”