The best broadband in the UK
We're continuing to roll out Full Fibre broadband infrastructure across the UK and we're about to start work in Sheering.
The last few months have shown how important it is to stay connected. Whether it’s working from home, keeping the kids entertained, streaming your favourite box sets or running your business – broadband has been a critical lifeline.
Full Fibre, or Fibre to the Premises (FTTP), is where a fibre cable runs all the way from our exchange to your front door. It can deliver ultrafast speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second – that’s 18 times faster than today’s UK average broadband speed. That means you’ll be able to say goodbye to buffering, stop worrying about your connection dropping out and keep everyone at home and work connected – all at the same time. You can find out more about this new digital infrastructure on our fibre broadband page.
Use our fibre checker above to view the available service providers in your area.
Full Fibre in Sheering
While our engineers are in Sheering they can get your home or business Full Fibre ready, free-of-charge.
Allowing us to connect your property will mean you’ll be able to upgrade to our network more easily and quickly through your choice of broadband provider - after the network build is completed. Our engineers will keep disruption to you and your property to a minimum and will complete the work in the shortest possible time. But first we'll need your permission to bring the fibre optic cable to the wall of your property and install a small box on the wall (16.6 cm x 14.4cm) as shown in the photo below.
If you’re a tenant, we'll need to get permission from your landlord in order to do this work.
Upgrading to Full Fibre broadband
Once we've installed our equipment you'll be set to upgrade to ultrafast, ultra reliable Full Fibre broadband whenever you're ready.
Just enter your address details into the availability checker at the top of this page for information on how to place your order with the broadband provider of your choice.
“There has never been a better time than now to upgrade to a Full Fibre broadband service. This new digital platform can help the UK’s economy to bounce back more quickly from the Coronavirus pandemic and that can start right here in Sheering. A full recovery from the pandemic is likely to be measured in years rather than months, but there’s strong evidence that points to Full Fibre broadband being able to turbo-charge that process.”
Chief Executive of Openreach
The digital upgrade
We’re modernising our phone and broadband services across the UK. We’re moving from our existing analogue and copper technologies to faster, more reliable, Full Fibre broadband.
Full Fibre is more than just faster speeds, It's future-proofed, which means it has plenty of extra capacity to support our ever-growing demand for data hungry services and applications.
Our traditional copper network is being replaced by Full Fibre, which provides greater speed, resilience and reliability, that homes and businesses can rely on for decades to come.
By December 2025 the traditional analogue phone network, known as the Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN), will be replaced by newer digital technologies. While this change won’t be obvious for most people, there are some important differences in the way telephone calls will be made, which you'll need to be aware of.
For most people switching to digital services should be straightforward and you will continue to receive your current service, or what you know as a traditional phone service, but it will be using the fibre network instead of the traditional copper network
If you don’t have broadband, your service provider (the company who you buy your service from, e.g. Giganet, BT or Zen), will provide you with a hub or router which will allow calls to be made over the new technology. You may need to connect your phone differently by plugging it directly into your hub or router, rather than the socket on the wall, but your service provider will be in touch to let you know.
If you have anything connected to your phone line, like an analogue phone, care alarm, smoke or security alarm, you will need to check with your provider whether the product will work over the new technology. There has been work between industries and most modern devices should be compatible, but you can check by speaking to the company you got it from.
*A full list of the companies which use our network can be found here, or enter your property’s details into our fibre checker and you’ll get a customised list of the broadband providers which use our network in your area.
As part of the roll out of a new, more reliable fibre network in the UK, Openreach announced plans to replace the traditional copper network in 2025. Sheering was chosen as one of the first rural locations in the UK to benefit from the upgrade to an ultrafast network and work began in June 2020. Openreach will stop selling copper products in readiness to move to full fibre. This will happen in Sheering by December 2020.
In September 2023 Openreach will stop selling copper products nationally as part of a nationwide migration to the new network. By December 2025 the switchover to a full fibre network will mean that copper products are gradually retired and withdrawn.
You don’t need to do anything yet. Your service provider will be in touch if you will need to do anything in the future.
We are working with all service providers, government departments, Ofcom, equipment manufacturers and any key business users that rely on our network to make sure that we upgrade the network safely, smoothly and without disruption to service.
People are demanding faster and more reliable broadband connectivity and we're busy rolling out a new, faster, more reliable digital broadband network across the UK.
This new network will be able to support new digital services that will eventually replace the old analogue phone network or PSTN (public switched telephone network).
If you're currently connected to the Virgin Media or Gigaclear network and want to change to our Full Fibre network, you'll need to contact one of the service providers (such as Giganet, BT, TalkTalk or Zen).