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Openreach investment brings £9m broadband boost to Dorset and Somerset

Megan Robinson
May 26, 2022

The UK’s largest digital network provider, Openreach, is used by BT, Sky, TalkTalk, Vodafone and Zen

A £9m investment by Openreach will offer nearly 30,000 more homes and businesses across Dorset and Somerset a huge broadband boost.

More than 650,000 homes and businesses in the South West can access full fibre on the Openreach network including those in Clevedon, Poole and Yatton, with tens of thousands more to be announced in the future.

Over 188,000 homes and businesses in the South West have ordered full fibre from a range of providers, but 462,000 are yet to upgrade. 

Customers can contact their broadband provider and upgrade to full fibre broadband which is up to ten times faster than the average home broadband.

Openreach’s regional director for the South West Connie Dixon said: “We’re passing more than 50,000 new homes and businesses every week and installing around 800 metres of cable every minute, with our teams of highly skilled engineers working alongside our build partners to deliver some of the fastest and most reliable broadband available anywhere in the world.

“We’ve already reached more than 7 million homes and businesses across the UK with ultrafast full fibre technology including more than more than 650,000 in the South West, but we know there’s more to do and we’re committed to doing it.”

Full Fibre benefits

Recent research by the Centre for Economics and Business Research (Cebr) revealed that connecting everyone in the South West to Full Fibre would create a £4.3 billion boost to the local economy.

Openreach aims to invest billions of pounds to reach 25 million premises by December 2026 and create a further 400 jobs.

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