Fibre broadband comes to Yorkshire village with population under 400

ByAnthony Hill
Fibre optic broadband

Brantingham, in the East Riding of Yorkshire, quite possibly has faster internet speeds than any other village of its size in the UK, after fibre optic broadband was installed by local provider KC…

An historic, picture-postcard East Yorkshire village has entered the internet's fast lane after almost three-quarters of residents signed up to receive fibre optic broadband.

Brantingham, in the East Riding, at the foot of the Yorkshire Wolds, has a population of just 370 but average download speeds of 78Mb. This is almost four times faster than the current UK average for home broadband, which, according to Ofcom, is 17.8Mb.

It's the result of fibre optic broadband installed by local provider KC, which holds a monopoly over landlines and broadband in the city of Hull and its surrounding areas.

So far, 50 of the 72 properties in Brantingham have signed up for the service.

Brantingham

Dr Andrew Milner, a village resident, said: "Having worked in large offices for much of my life, I'm used to having immediate access to information online as well as undertaking video conferencing calls without any problems.

"Trying to work in the same way in a rural environment, until now, has been incredibly frustrating - waiting interminably for files to download or be sent, and with video calls almost impossible. We're now operating in rural Brantingham to 21st century standards."

KC's consumer director, Sue Helmont, added: "We're delighted to have helped put Brantingham on the map for superfast broadband. Best-in-Britain broadband has really added to the appeal of living in what was already one of the region's most desirable villages."

Formerly Kingston Communications, KC, which controls around 90% of the Hull broadband market, began upgrading its network with fibre optic technology in 2011, and now offers speeds of up to 100Mb to homes and businesses across the region.

This is separate from the rest of the UK, where BT Openreach is working with councils and the UK government to bring superfast fibre optic broadband to 95% of the population by 2017. 

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