We know you need brilliant broadband. And it’s our job to make that happen. Our Fibre First programme doesn’t just mean we’re building new networks – it means we look to build with fibre whenever we start a project. Read about how we’re bringing fibre to homes and businesses, and the areas across the UK where we’re extending our network.
We've committed to build a new digital infrastructure to four million premises by the end of March 2021. So we’re hiring 2,700 new engineers in 2019, up-skilling our army of engineers at the same time.
“Openreach is a fibre business and no-one is more ambitious when it comes to building Fibre to the Premises. Through our Fibre First programme, we’re building a network that delivers more than just speed. It will provide a future proof, consistent and dependable broadband service, that supports Britain for decades to come.”
Chief Executive of Openreach
There are three ways we connect you to our broadband network
Copper network (ADSL)
Basic broadband access uses a copper phone line connected to the exchange. Check with a communications provider if you can upgrade to FTTC / FTTP.
Fibre to the Cabinet increases basic broadband speeds by connecting powerful fibre optic cable to the cabinet, then copper wires to your home or business.
The future is Fibre to the Premises (FTTP), where pure fibre optic cables connect you straight to the exchange.
Full Fibre turbocharging the UK
- Fibre first
The UK's fibre future is within reach
Read our Blueprint for a Full Fibre future and the Cebr’s research report to learn more about our commitment to delivering great connectivity to communities across the UK.
The towns, cities and boroughs where we’re bringing fibre to homes and businesses
The above maps currently show Openreach’s FTTP Fibre First Towns, Cities and Boroughs Build Programme on a 3 months forward looking basis, which is included in the current announced 4 million premises Fibre First Programme. It does not show FTTP deployment related to BDUK, new sites, our market towns and villages build and other smaller scale infill.
Openreach has exercised its best efforts to ensure that the maps accurately reflect its FTTP Fibre First Towns, Cities and Borough build plans at the time of publication. Details at an exchange level are shown only where Openreach expects that it will build in the greater majority of the relevant exchange. Openreach will keep this information updated on a quarterly rolling basis, including to reflect any possible changes to existing plans which may become necessary due to unforeseen operational obstacles (particularly where build is yet to commence). This approach is not followed for other FTTP deployment related to BDUK, new sites, our market towns and villages build and other smaller scale infill. Read more about our 'transparency' approach for FTTP Fibre First Towns, Cities and Boroughs.
For more information on our market towns and villages build up to March 2021 please click here.
*Programme Build Complete refers to the exchanges where build has been largely completed as part of the FTTP Fibre First Towns, Cities and Boroughs Build Programme, but does not mean that services will be available from this date.
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In the meantime, we’d love to help you make the most of your existing connection. We’ve built a Fibre to the Cabinet (FTTC) network that covers 96 per cent of the UK – that’s 28.3 million homes and businesses. At the moment, only 13.9 million people are using it, which means you could be missing out on faster broadband.
Contact your broadband provider to see if you can upgrade to fibre, or use our fibre checker to see if we already cover your area.