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KC has launched its own broadband speed test so that customers of its lightning fast fibre broadband service can accurately measure the download and upload speeds they’re receiving.
Many speed tests measure download speeds up to 100Mbps, but KC’s range of Lightstream broadband services includes a service that offers eye-watering download speeds of 350Mbps, which most speed tests couldn’t register.
So KC asked US technology firm Ookla, the global leader in broadband testing, to develop a custom Ookla speed test that can give an accurate reading of speeds up to one gigabit per second (Gbit/s), equivalent to 1,000Mbps.
Andrew Whale, Director of Engineering at KC, said: “When people first get fibre broadband connected they’re blown away by the speeds, but we found that other speed checkers didn’t always return an accurate result when testing our fastest service.
“We decided to develop a speed checker based on Ookla technology, as its software and speed testing services set the standards in the broadband industry for accuracy and ease of use – its Speedtest.net and Net Index speed checkers are the most popular in the world, with millions of tests performed on their platforms every day.
“As well as letting customers know exactly how fast their Lightstream service is, because the new speed checker is directly connected to our next generation core network we can test even faster speeds than those we’re offering at the moment.”
Mike Apgar, CEO of Ookla, said: “We’re pleased to count KC among our most cutting-edge clients that take full advantage of our newest and third-generation technology. KC’s customers can test their Lightstream broadband with the confidence that the result they see is accurate, because they are using the same technology that powers Speedtest.net. We recommend customers check out KC’s speed test athttp://fibretest.kc.kcom.com.”
KC began its roll-out of fibre optic broadband across its Hull and East Yorkshire network earlier this year. In 2012 its multi-million pound investment in deploying Fibre To The Premises will make KC Lightstream available to 15,000 homes and businesses in the region.