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KCOM whacked with £900k Ofcom fine over 999 call handling

Telecommunications biz KCOM has been hit with a £900,000 fine from regulator Ofcom after the uncovering of a serious weakness in the company's emergency-call service. Unlike most parts of the UK, where BT is the monopoly provider, KCOM operates the main telephone and broadband network in Kingston upon Hull. But an …
Kat Hall, 8 Aug 2017
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It's a Hull of a thing: Kcom takes a break from 8-year sales slide

Telecoms provider Kcom stemmed its declining revenue for the first time in eight years, reporting growth of 0.4 per cent to £349.2m for the full year 2015/16. However, operating profit fell to £6.3m from £50.9m mainly due to increased investments, compared with the previous year. That was mainly due to its fibre roll-out in …
Kat Hall, 27 May 2016
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Legal right to 10Mbps broadband is 'not enough', thunders KCOM chief

The government's plans to make 10Mbps a 'legal right' by 2020 do not nearly go far enough, Bill Halbert, chief exec of telecoms sector firm Kcom has said. Achieving an ultrafast broadband infrastructure is "one of the most important things we can achieve as a country," Halbert told The Register. "The Universal Service …
Kat Hall, 30 Mar 2016
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CityFibre coughs £90m for nearly all of KCOM's UK comms network

Broadband player CityFibre claimed it is shaping up to be a viable “challenger” to BT after coughing £90m for KCOM’s national comms infrastructure – excluding Hull and East Yorkshire. The deal, which includes 1,100 km of duct and fibre network in 24 cities – 21 of which are new to CityFibre – and a long distance network, was …
Paul Kunert, 14 Dec 2015
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KCOM: We're selling our national network assets...

Tech-integrator-cum-comms-provider KCOM Group has slapped a for sale sign on its national network infrastructure (except in Hull and East Yorkhire) as management continues to reshape the organisation. KCOM has, like the rest of the tech world, placed its bets on the cloud, and is making less money from the traditional carrier …
Paul Kunert, 30 Nov 2015
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Oh no! That's another year you didn't grow, KCOM

Brit telco KCOM Group has reported top line shrinkage for the seventh consecutive year, this time blaming problems on “legacy activities” while unsurprisingly pinning its future on cloud services glory. The tech integrator/ comms provider reported a 6.1 per cent fall in revenues to £347m for the year ended 31 March - the last …
Paul Kunert, 5 Jun 2015

KCOM Group results hit by Phones4U woes

Brit telco and tech services playa KCOM Group has kickstarted a cost-cutting programme to counter a wobbly top and bottom line, not helped by the collapse of Phone4You and slower than expected PSN demand. The LSE-listed Hull-based group reported a 6.7 per cent drop in turnover to £173m for the first half of fiscal ’15, as …
Paul Kunert, 25 Nov 2014

Kcom: Whoops – our traditional carrier biz is going nowhere

Brit telco Kcom this morning issued a stark warning about the state of customer demand for traditional carrier services – as it outlined an unremarkable set numbers for its fiscal 2014 year. The LSE-listed supplier of broadband and tech services, which this week secured a £200m revolving credit facility until June 2019, saw …
Paul Kunert, 6 Jun 2014
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KCOM caught in yet ANOTHER customer privacy snafu

Hull-based telco KCOM has coughed to another privacy clanger - this time admitting to wrongly sharing some of its customers' email addresses with other subscribers. But it's unclear whether the ISP has turned itself into the Information Commissioner's Office to report the latest data protection cockup. The Register has asked …
Kelly Fiveash, 5 Mar 2014

KCOM-owned Eclipse FAILS to cover up the password 'password'

Exclusive A Register reader has exposed another privacy howler at KCOM - this time involving its Exeter-based ISP Eclipse Internet, which displays passwords in plain text to users via a webpage. Customers who log in to their personal Eclipse user site are somewhat surprisingly shown the password for their account. Today's tip of the …
Kelly Fiveash, 21 Jan 2014

KC engineer 'exposed unencrypted spreadsheet with phone numbers, user IDs, PASSWORDS'

Exclusive Hull's dominant telco, KC, is investigating revelations of what appears to be poor handling of the company's customer data. This comes after a recent sign-up claimed one of its engineers had unwittingly exposed a customer spreadsheet containing the telephone numbers, user IDs and unencrypted passwords of all its subscribers. …
Kelly Fiveash, 17 Jan 2014
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Flat is the new bulging, down at Kcom

If flat is the new growth in the channel then comms services provider Kcom turned in a reasonably steady performance for fiscal '13 ended in March. Turnover dipped 3.7 per cent on the previous fiscal to £372.9m, and operating profit came in nearly five per cent down year-on-year to £54.9m including £2.2m of personnel …
Paul Kunert, 7 Jun 2013
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Kcom puts Fujitsu's Long in the MD hot seat

Comms and networks integrator Kcom has confirmed that Fujitsu UK director Stephen Long is preparing to take the vacant MD's chair. Group CFO Paul Simpson stood in as interim MD following the departure of previous incumbent Paul Renucci nearly two years ago but will return to his day-to-day activities. "Stephen Long will join …
Paul Kunert, 28 Nov 2012
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Kcom shrugs off revenue slip to boost profits

Comms services provider Kcom jacked up profits for its full year despite a slip in revenues, preliminary results released this morning show. The erstwhile local telco said this didn't distract from its ongoing refocusing, and it still intended to up its dividend this year. Kcom turned in total revenues of £387.3m for the year …
Joe Fay, 22 May 2012
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Copyright lawyers accuse 25,000 UK videogame filesharers

The copyright ambulance-chasers at Davenport Lyons have a High Court order demanding 25,000 UK ISP subscribers' names and addresses, it emerged today. Davenport Lyons will send letters to the addresses it obtains demanding £300 to avoid a potentially costly court battle. The London law firm hit headlines on Tuesday when it …
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Hull falls off the internet

KCom, previously known as Kingston Communications, lost all internet access on Saturday afternoon at 3pm and was not able to restore it until 10pm that evening. KCom, which has an effective monopoly in Hull, said it had engineers working on the problem and to ensure it does not happen again. The last time this happened the …
John Oates, 11 Aug 2008
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Chinese telco jumps starting gun in 3G race

China's deployment of TD-SCDMA, its own incarnation of 3G, is well underway despite the fact that the government isn't expected to issue any 3G licences until after it completely overhauls the industry later this year. China claimed it would have a 3G network in time for the Beijing Olympics, but with only a couple of months …
Bill Ray, 31 May 2008
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Ofcom pulls plug on wholesale broadband regulation

Communications regulator Ofcom is ending regulation for the majority of UK wholesale broadband. Some 70 per cent of exchanges, about 10,000 premises, which have four or more providers of wholesale internet access will be freed from regulation. Areas with less than four providers such as Hull will continue to be regulated - BT …
John Oates, 21 May 2008

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