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 and a half million premises by the end of March 2021. So we’re planning to hire more than 1,500 new engineers in 2020/21, 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
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3.2 million more to get Full Fibre broadband
Ultra-reliable, gigabit ready Full Fibre broadband will be available to another 3.2 million homes and businesses in the hardest to reach rural and urban parts of the UK by the mid 2020's.
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
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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.
Locations where we’re bringing fibre to homes and businesses
The above map currently shows Openreach’s FTTP plans for our Fibre First Towns, Cities and Boroughs and Rural Market Towns and Villages Build Programme. It does not show FTTP deployment related to other programmes such as BDUK, new sites/retro new-sites, and other smaller scale programmes or infill.
Openreach has exercised its best efforts to ensure that the map accurately reflects plans at the time of publication. Openreach will update the map on a rolling basis, including to reflect additional locations in later phases of network build or changes to existing plans which may become necessary due to unforeseen operational reasons (particularly where build is yet to commence).
For more information on our Fibre First Towns, Cities and Boroughs build please click here.
For more information on our market towns, villages and harder to reach locations build programme please click here.
Read more about our 'transparency' approach here.
*Programme Build Complete refers to the exchanges where build has been largely completed 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 96.83 per cent of the UK – that’s 28.6 million homes and businesses. At the moment, only 15.7 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.