Openreach’s FTTP Broadband rollout continues

Network provider Openreach has unveiled 29 new locations for the rollout of its 1Gbps capable Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband ISP technology.

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This brings the total number of locations in the UK to 103, with the aim being to cover 4 million premises (homes and businesses) by March 2021, extending to 15 million by around 2025.

Openreach’s “full-fibre” network currently covers 1.5 million UK premises. Businesses can expect 550Mbps and 1000Mbps on the FTTP tier offered by independent ISP providers using the Openreach network.

The next rollout update will focus on the post-March 2021 period, to extend the reach beyond 4 million premises. Openreach also hopes to trial 1Gbps symmetric FTTP for businesses.

Clive Selley, CEO of Openreach, said:

“Full-fibre broadband provides a reliable, future-proof, consistent and dependable service that will be a platform for economic growth and prosperity throughout the UK for decades to come.

We’re now building at a massive scale. Every 28 seconds we pass a home or business with our new future-proofed full-fibre network. This has given us ever-greater confidence in the level and accuracy of whatever we announce – which is why we’ve now laid out our build plans right up to the target delivery date of four million premises by March 2021.

We also want to ensure we give our stakeholders – like council leaders, planners and MPs – the best view of where and when we intend to build so we can work together to build as rapidly as possible and help encourage people to take up the technology when it arrives.”

All of this helps towards the Government’s target of deploying “gigabit-capable” broadband networks to cover the whole of the United Kingdom by around 2025, many alternative network ISPs and not just Openreach.

Openreach has also hinted that they could potentially go beyond 15 million premises in the future.

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