BT network arm Openreach has named Nottingham and Belfast as the next locations to benefit from its ongoing ‘Fibre First’ programme, ISPreview reports. It is understood that the rollout in Nottingham is already underway, with work initially being undertaken around the Gedling area, while in Belfast the initial deployment focus will be on the Crumlin, Falls, Shankill, Shore, Malone, Ormeau, Lisburn and Upper Newtownards Road areas.
As previously reported by CommsUpdate, in February 2018 Openreach confirmed that it was accelerating its FTTP build programme with a view to reaching three million premises by the end of 2020. As per the first phase of the Fibre First programme the company said it aimed to connect up to 40 UK towns, cities and boroughs, including Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Leeds, Liverpool, London and Manchester. Looking further ahead, Openreach has claimed the work will put it ‘on the right trajectory’ to achieving a stated aim of having ten million premises within its FTTP footprint by the mid-2020s.