Bristol among first UK cities to benefit from ultrafast fibre broadband
Bristol will be one of the first major cities to benefit from the roll out of ultrafast fibre broadband. Openreach – the BT-owned company that manages the country’s broadband infrastructure – has announced a major acceleration of its network to three million homes across the UK by 2020. Bristol is among eight cities including Birmingham, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Leeds, Liverpool, London and Manchester to make up the first phase of the company’s Fibre First programme, which will connect up to 40 UK towns, cities and boroughs with ultrafast fibre broadband.
Tens of thousands of Bristol homes and businesses are expected to benefit from the multi-million pound expansion.
Openreach says it will “continue to focus on delivering to rural areas” in a bid ensure some of the hardest-to-reach communities also receive better internet speeds. Clive Selley, chief executive of Openreach, said: “Through the Fibre First programme, Openreach is getting on with the job of building an Ultrafast Britain. Read more: Demand for flexible workspace sees record growth in 2017
“Working closely with central and local government and our communication provider customers, we will identify the cities, towns and rural areas where we can build a future-proofed, FTTP (fibre to the premises) network that’s capable of delivering gigabit speeds to all homes and businesses at an affordable cost.”
Emma Howarth, programme director in the South West for Openreach, added: “[The investment] will give a vital boost to the Bristol’s households and businesses.
“For our vibrant business community, which is known for its innovation, it will mean more firms benefiting from the huge opportunities offered by this exciting technology to attract new customers, provide new services and work more efficiently.”
“Local households, too, will find ultrafast broadband a major step forward when they go online for reasons ranging from training and research to shopping, staying in touch with friends and family and entertainment.”
Building on the fibre broadband network is expected to begin this year.
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