Openreach has announced plans to build ultrafast, ultra-reliable Full Fibre broadband to at least three million more homes and businesses – including around 275,000 in the East Midlands – in some of the UK’s hardest to serve communities. This project means fewer homes and businesses will require taxpayer subsidies to upgrade their services.
A total of 105 exchanges across Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire and Rutland are being upgraded, with the majority of homes and businesses covered by those exchanges set to benefit from what will be a massive nationwide, five-year feat of civil engineering.
The company’s updated build plan will be fundamental to the UK Government achieving its target of delivering ‘gigabit capable broadband’ to 85 per cent of UK by 2025 and it follows an extended investment commitment by its parent, BT Group – which means Openreach will now build Full Fibre technology to a total of 25 million premises, including more than six million in the hardest-to-serve parts of the country.
The plans will also support the creation of around 140 new jobs in the East Midlands.