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Openreach FTTP in 67 new locations

September 15, 2020

By Colin Mann

UK digital infrastructure provider Openreach has announced a further 67 locations in its Fibre Cities programme where it will be building its new, future-proof Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband technology, as part of a new tranche of build. Work will begin in March 2021.

The new locations stretch across the nation – from Alloway, in Ayrshire; to Helsby, in Cheshire; and Ivybridge, in South Devon – and the build will take place over the next two years.

Overall, more than 560 towns, cities, boroughs, villages and hamlets have now been included in the company’s Fibre First programme – a £12 billion (€13.01bn) project to build ‘Full Fibre’  technology to 20 million premises throughout the UK by the mid-to-late 2020s, assuming the right regulatory and political fibre enablers are in place.

Openreach’s website has been updated with a simplified view of the build programme, including indicative maps. Openreach will continue to publish details of its build plans on a rolling basis including new tranches of build when appropriate. The information is being updated on a quarterly basis and includes details of the specific exchanges where FTTP is currently being built, has already been built, or where building will start within the next three months.

This gives stakeholders – such as Communications Providers (CP), end-customers and council planners – valuable information to make informed decisions on their FTTP investments and sales efforts, helping to encourage more people to adopt and take advantage of the new service when it arrives.

“Despite the challenges of the pandemic we’re continuing to make great strides towards our goal to build ultrafast, ultra-reliable broadband to 20 million homes and businesses,” advised Clive Selley, CEO of Openreach.

“This new digital platform can help the UK’s economy bounce back quicker from the Covid-19 crisis and, whilst a full recovery is likely to be measured in years rather than months, there’s strong evidence that Full Fibre broadband could help to turbo-charge that process.”

“For homes, shops, GP surgeries and schools across the country it will mean fewer broadband faults, faster connections, and a consistent reliable network that will serve them for decades to come.”

Openreach has already built Full Fibre technology to more than three million premises across the UK – including over a quarter in the hardest to reach, or final third of the country, and continues to accelerate the build of its FTTP footprint – making the technology available to a new home or business every 20 seconds across the UK and on track to deliver its target of reaching four and a half million premises by the end of March 2021.

Since the build programme began in February 2018, Openreach engineers have deployed around 2.6 million kilometres of fibre – enough to travel to the moon and back three times.

New Fibre First Programme Build Locations:

  1. Alloway
  2. Amber Valley
  3. Basildon
  4. Bedford
  5. Beith
  6. Boston Spa
  7. Brighouse
  8. Broxtowe
  9. Burton
  10. Castleford
  11. Chorley
  12. Crownhill
  13. Daventry
  14. Egham
  15. Ellesmere Port
  16. Epping Forest
  17. Galgate
  18. Gateshead
  19. Helsby
  20. Hemel Hempstead
  21. Herongate
  22. Hest Bank
  23. Heysham
  24. Highworth
  25. Hooton
  26. Hounslow
  27. Ivybridge
  28. Keynsham
  29. Kilbirnie
  30. Kings Langley
  31. Kirklees
  32. Lambeth
  33. Lancaster
  34. Lewisham
  35. Long Ashton
  36. Maybole
  37. Medway
  38. Midlothian
  39. Monmouthshire
  40. Morecambe
  41. Motherwell
  42. Newcastle-under-Lyme
  43. Newport
  44. Normanton
  45. Paignton
  46. Park Street
  47. Plympton
  48. Prescot
  49. Prestwick
  50. Purfleet
  51. Redbourn
  52. Royal Wootton Bassett
  53. Sandwell
  54. South Ribble
  55. St Neots
  56. Stewarton
  57. Tameside
  58. Thurrock
  59. Troon
  60. Walsall
  61. Waltham Forest
  62. Wellingborough
  63. Wetherby
  64. Wheathampstead
  65. Willowcroft
  66. Worcester
  67. Wraysbury











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