Openreach, the network arm of British fixed line incumbent BT Group, has released details of the next areas that are expected to benefit from its rollout of fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) technology. A total of 29 towns and cities have been identified under the company’s ‘Fibre First’ programme, with work slated to get underway in the next 18 months in: Aberdeen, Ayr, Aughton, Bradford, Billericay, Brentwood, Basingstoke, Brighton, Balham, Chorley Wood, Derby, Hatch End, Lichfield, Molesey, Northampton, Newbury, Norwich, Newcastle (N.I.), Ormskirk, Portrush, Portstewart, Rickmansworth, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Stanecastle, Swindon, Thames Ditton, Tonbridge, Watford and Wickford. In adding these locations to the rollout list, Openreach is now expecting to have begun deploying gigabit-capable fibre infrastructure in a total of 103 towns and cities by March 2021.
Commenting, Openreach CEO Clive Selley was cited as saying: ‘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.’