East Midlands firms are promised UK’s fastest broadband


Thousands of East Midlands businesses could get broadband speeds up to 30 times faster than the UK average, says Openreach, a division of BT.

These businesses will be some of the first in the UK to benefit from a new way of installing ‘full fibre’ broadband, utilising the infrastructure already in place for the copper broadband network.

Extensive testing and trials in the UK have shown that building over the existing network means the technology can be deployed quickly and efficiently, sometimes within weeks. And by using existing infrastructure, such as underground cable ducts, it avoids the need to dig up footpaths and driveways.

The technology is capable of providing ultrafast broadband speeds of up to 1Gbps – fast enough to download a two-hour HD movie in twenty-five seconds or a forty-five minute HD TV programme in just five seconds.

Kim Mears, MD of Infrastructure Delivery at Openreach, said: “We’re investing heavily in ultrafast broadband because we’re committed to giving Britain a first class network, capable of delivering the very latest communication services for households and businesses. By using new techniques, we have already halved the cost of delivering ‘full fibre’ infrastructure.

“Our full fibre technology is being well received by communication providers and their customers. It’s not only making faster speeds available today, but it’s a long-term investment to make sure that our network is able to meet the demands than will inevitably be placed upon in in the years ahead.”

Richard Hall, Openreach’s Regional Network Infrastructure Delivery Director for the Midlands, said: “I’m delighted to see customers in the East Midlands set to benefit from this initiative, some of whom have struggled with lower than average speeds in the past.”

This latest deployment is part of Openreach’s aim to make ultrafast speeds available to 12m premises by the end of 2020.