Openreach, the broadband infrastructure arm of BT that was recently reorganized as an independent subsidiary, announced further buildout of its fiber to the premises (FTTP) Fibre First program into 11 new locations in the UK, bringing the total number of cities to 25. The new locations are part of Openreach’s commitment to reach 3 million homes and businesses with fiber by the end of 2020 and 10 million premises or more by the mid-2020s “if the conditions are right,” in Openreach’s words.
The FTTP expansions will offer fiber connectivity to Bury, Barking & Dagenham, Bexley, Croydon, Greater Glasgow, Harrow, Merton, Redbridge, Richmond upon Thames, Sutton Coldfield, and Salford. The fiber broadband connections offer greater capacity, better reliability, and download speeds up to 1 Gbps, says Openreach.
“We’re committed to building the infrastructure the UK needs to stay ahead in the global digital economy,” says Kevin Murphy, managing director of fiber and network delivery at Openreach. “Our heavy investment in the network and our people will help to futureproof the UK for generations to come.”
According to Murphy, the full fiber connectivity offered by Openreach provides enough bandwidth for simultaneous high-definition streaming and television for an entire family’s devices without interruption, including downloading a two-hour HD movie in just 25 seconds.
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