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Openreach jumps fibre hurdle

by on23 March 2023

Rutland was a milestone

UK broadband network provider Openreach has crossed a 'huge milestone' in its upgrading of the nation's broadband infrastructure, with ultrafast Full Fibre connections now available to 10 million homes and businesses.

Openreach said this was a 'huge achievement' and the 10 millionth build itself occurred when its gigabit-capable, Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) technology was rolled out to 900 more properties in the village of Ketton in Rutland, East Midlands.

As a result, this means millions more of us can now access a wider choice of faster broadband packages, such as those available in our guide to the best broadband deals.

This latest update is also one which demonstrates the overall progress Openreach is making with its network upgrades, as this forms part of a wider £15 billion project to cover upwards of 25 million properties by December 2026. This is equivalent to around 80 per cent of the total premises in the country.

However, Openreach will 'need to keep ramping-up their build' at a rate of 74,000 a week, to hit the 2026 targets.

Openreach's CEO, Clive Selley, said: “Today marks a significant milestone in our transformation of the UK’s broadband. Not only will access to Full Fibre technology improve the speed and reliability of the internet connections used by people, businesses and public services, but it also provides us with the infrastructure we need to meet the demands of an increasingly digital world. With this upgrade, we can improve the lives of people in the UK, offering economic opportunities, alleviating social challenges and creating the foundation for life-changing technology.

“Now we’re focused on the next phase of our build. Our engineers are building rapidly across the country and we already have plans in place that will see Full Fibre broadband reach over 25 million premises. We’re excited for the future that Full Fibre will create for everybody across the UK.”


Last modified on 23 March 2023
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