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Openreach on track for ultrafast broadband milestone

Openreach announced that it will extend its so-called Fibre First programme to new locations, mainly across Northern Ireland.

Fibre broadband engineers from Openreach (Nick Ansell/PA)
Fibre broadband engineers from Openreach (Nick Ansell/PA)

Openreach is on track to give access to ultrafast broadband to three million homes and businesses by the end of next year, the company has announced.

It has reached a “milestone” of making the technology available to over one million premises, a year since launching its “full fibre” programme.

Engineers have installed around 2.6 million kilometres of fibre, using hundreds of heavy plant machinery- and 3,000 spades.

Openreach announced that it will extend its so-called Fibre First programme to new locations, mainly across Northern Ireland.

Clive Selley, chief executive of Openreach, said: “Our ambition is to deliver the best possible digital connectivity to everyone across the entire country. The progress we have made to date proves we’re making good on that promise.”

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