Over half of UK homes and businesses can now access fibre broadband as the Openreach rollout has passed more than 15 million premises. That means we’re on target to reach 19 million by the end of spring 2014, about 18 months ahead of the original rollout schedule.
Openreach chief executive Liv Garfield said: “This is a significant milestone and one that our engineers can be proud of. They have worked through many months of appalling weather to bring the benefits of fibre to cities, towns and villages and this is making a genuine difference to how people live their lives.
“Fibre broadband can play an important part in stimulating and supporting an economic recovery. Our investment, together with that of our partners, is helping to generate thousands of jobs and give small businesses the speeds that were previously the preserve of larger ones based in cities.”
The run-up to Easter saw the project team working flat-out as we hit our biggest ever week; a whopping 324,000 premises passed. By the end of spring 2014, we’ll have completed one of the most ambitious programmes we’ve ever taken on, with two-thirds of the UK enjoying one of the most extensive fibre networks in the world.
But we won’t stop there. As well as deploying fibre as part of a £2.5bn investment, we’re working with councils and devolved authorities to take fibre even further afield. We’ve signed 18 BDUK contracts so far, from Hampshire to Cumbria, and Rutland to the Highlands and Islands of Scotland, and there are plenty more to come.