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Author Topic: Openreach Name Exeter as Next City for FTTP Ultrafast Broadband  (Read 234 times)


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The city of Exeter in Devon (England) has today been confirmed by Openreach (BT) as the 9th urban location where their “Fibre First” programme will aim to roll-out 1Gbps (Gigabit) capable Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) based ultrafast broadband ISP technology, which aims to cover 3 million UK premises by the end of 2020.

At present Openreach’s “full fibre” FTTP/H network only covers 560,000 premises but the operator is working to ramp this up, which is supported by their recent move to hire an additional 3,500 engineers. The initial deployment is focused upon up to 40 UK towns, cities and boroughs, with Bristol, Birmingham, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Leeds, Liverpool, London and Manchester having already been confirmed.

Apparently further details of the FTTP build in Exeter, where fibre optic cables are laid from the exchange right to people’s front doors, are expected to be announced later in the year. As usual we don’t expect them to cover 100% of the city and so it will be interesting to see precisely how many premises will actually benefit.

    Clive Selley, CEO of Openreach, said:

    “Through ‘Fibre First’, Openreach is getting on with the job of building an Ultrafast Britain. We are building FTTP to three million premises across 40 towns and cities by 2020 and I’m delighted to announce that Exeter will be among the first to benefit from this commitment.

    Since starting the ‘Fibre First’ programme a few months ago, Openreach has built a footprint of nearly 70k across the eight cities we announced in our first wave. That’s a delivery rate of full fibre to more than a thousand homes every week.

    This sets us on course to hit our ambition of building 10m FTTP by mid 2020s and become the nationwide full-fibre provider. We will continue to invest and recruit in the south west and across the UK to build the most capable, highly skilled, national fibre delivery machine in the UK.”

    Margot James, UK Minister for Digital, said:

    “We have worked hard to create the right environment to drive commercial investment in the deployment of full fibre.

    Openreach’s “Fibre First” initiative is an ambitious programme – it’s brilliant that homes and businesses in Exeter will now have full fibre, gigabit broadband delivered right to their doorstep.”
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