Openreach launches Fibre First programme in Nottingham
Openreach has named Nottingham as the latest city to benefit from a full-fibre broadband roll-out.
Nottingham has become the latest city to be added to Openreach’s full-fibre broadband network build programme, Fibre First, with work set to begin imminently on expanding access to gigabit-capable broadband.
In Nottingham, work will begin shortly in the Gedling area of the city on building out new full-fibre services, augmenting existing work in the area that has taken place through the Better Broadband for Nottinghamshire programme. Openreach claims 98% of homes and businesses in Nottingham can access so-called superfast broadband, meaning a fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) connection, which is slower than an ultrafast full-fibre one.
“This is fantastic news for Nottingham, and I’m thrilled that my constituency of Gedling is leading the way. The way we use the internet is changing all the time – more and more of our communities and businesses rely on an effective broadband connection,” said local MP Vernon Coaker.
“This announcement is great in terms of faster and more reliable broadband, but also for the new jobs and the long-term boost it will bring to the area.”
Launched earlier in 2018, the Fibre First programme is targeting major urban areas for the time being, with work in Bristol, Birmingham, Cardiff, Coventry, Edinburgh, Exeter, Leeds, Liverpool and London all now underway.
Openreach claims that under the auspices of the programme, it is now passing thousands of properties per week, as part of a wider ambition to reach 10 million premises across the UK by the middle of the 2020s.