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KCOM has confirmed it is considering decommissioning the existing copper phone lines in Hull.

According to the provider, between 150,000 and 180,000 of the 210,000 buildings in the city will be using superfast fibre broadband by the end of this year.

Bill Halbert, Chief Executive of KCOM, therefore believes it is time to move away from using copper-based systems.

Speaking to the Financial Times, he said: "Copper cannot handle the future.

"It has to be fibre all the way. That's one of the big national challenges for our economy."

Mr Halbert stated that most households in the UK are running between seven and nine devices off their internet network.

This, he said, means fibre-optic cables are the only viable option, especially as fibre networks are far less prone to faults than copper-based systems.

"An all-fibre network is where we want to be," Mr Halbert added.

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