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Author Topic: Openreach Name Coventry as Next UK City for FTTP Broadband  (Read 381 times)

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Openreach Name Coventry as Next UK City for FTTP Broadband
« on: October 02, 2018, 12:10:03 PM »

https://www.ispreview.co.uk/index.php/2018/10/openreach-name-coventry-as-next-uk-city-for-fttp-broadband.html

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Telecoms giant Openreach (BT) has today announced that the city of Coventry in the West Midlands of England will be the next to benefit from their “Fibre First” programme, which aims to deploy 1Gbps capable Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband ISP technology to cover 3 million premises by the end of 2020.

So far the operator’s “full fibre” FTTP network, which takes their optical fibre cable all the way to your home or business, has covered 631,000 premises across the UK. The inclusion of Coventry should eventually add “tens of thousands of homes and businesses” to that figure (once again Openreach is being very coy about giving a specific figure). We understand that their roll-out in the city is starting in Radford.

The operator’s current deployment plan is expected to focus on reaching up to 40 UK towns, cities or boroughs. Including Coventry they’ve already announced deployments for Bristol, Birmingham, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Exeter, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester and The Wirral.

Most recently they’ve also started work on their Birmingham roll-out, with some of the first places to benefit including Erdington, Great Barr, Streetly and Sutton Coldfield.

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    Clive Selley, CEO of Openreach, said:

    “We are making significant progress in the West Midlands as we get on with building the infrastructure Britain needs to stay ahead in the global digital economy. I’m delighted to announce that families and businesses in Coventry will soon be among the first in the UK to benefit from this commitment.

    Our engineers have so far built full fibre broadband technology to more than 600,000 premises and are already working in nearby Birmingham, which was one of the first ‘fibre cities’ announced earlier this year. Despite the challenges of planning, street works and permissions, we’re reaching thousands of homes each week and we’re on track for our ambition of reaching 10 million premises by the mid-2020s.”

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    Margot James MP, UK Digital Minister, said:

    “Making sure that people have access to full fibre broadband, as quickly as is realistically possible, is of huge importance. It’s great to see Openreach making significant progress in the West Midlands, adding Coventry to the list of areas to benefit from the early stages of the programme. And it was really interesting to get a behind the scenes look at the civil engineering work that’s at the forefront of introducing this new technology.”
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Re: Openreach Name Coventry as Next UK City for FTTP Broadband
« Reply #1 on: October 02, 2018, 12:10:51 PM »

I thought "The Wirral" was part of Liverpool?
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Re: Openreach Name Coventry as Next UK City for FTTP Broadband
« Reply #2 on: October 02, 2018, 05:37:40 PM »

I thought "The Wirral" was part of Liverpool?

No, the Wirral is part of Merseyside. It is the west bank of the River Mersey downwards to the border with Cheshire.
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Re: Openreach Name Coventry as Next UK City for FTTP Broadband
« Reply #3 on: October 03, 2018, 11:41:46 PM »

Coventry will finally have something positive about it!
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