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Pride 2022 kicks off at Openreach

06 Jun 2022
Our Pride network is over 850 members strong and as Pride Month kicks off, everyone’s really excited to be taking part in something that means so much to so many people.
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Pinpointing damage with What3words

30 Jul 2021
Openreach is using What3words to make it easier for people to tell us exactly where they find damage to our network and for us to fix it.
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Pride Month 2021 - what pride means to us

01 Jul 2021
Our diversity and inclusion journey and what Pride means to Openreach.
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Zoe Shepherd - In Plain Sight video star

23 Jun 2021
Zoe Shepherd talks about what it's like to be an Openreach engineer. In short her view is if you're a woman thinking of applying for a new career in engineering - go for it!

Five ways we're rising to the rural broadband challenge

27 May 2021
At Openreach we know the importance of rural connectivity and how vital it is to many communities and businesses. Find out about the five ways we're rising to the challenge of delivering Fibre broadband to rural areas of the UK.
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Openreach success at the Best Companies to Work for Awards

26 May 2021
Openreach has placed 12th in the Best Companies to work for list. Find out what it's like to work for us and about our world class training.
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Ultrafast full fibre is changing how we work and live

26 May 2021
The Centre for Economics and Business Research's new report for 2021, Ultrafast full fibre broadband: a platform for growth, confirms digital connectivity's crucial role in helping us through Coronavirus and in changing how we work and live for the better.

The impact of the last year on digital life in Scotland

18 Mar 2021
Our Scotland partnership director, Robert Thorburn, talks about the impact of the last year on life in Scotland, particularly in the Highlands and Islands, and what’s next for the digital network.
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From trainee engineer to the prestigious Chief Engineers Office, Kerry's story

17 Feb 2021
Where can a ‘feel the fear and do it anyway’ attitude take you in Openreach? Kerry tells her story about how attitude can take you places you never imagined.
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Bucking the trend with 5,000 new jobs

18 Dec 2020
Openreach has announced the creation of more than 5,000 new UK-based engineering jobs to be filled during 2021.

Openreach supports Service With Respect

06 Nov 2020
Openreach is backing the ICS's national Service With Respect campaign to ensure our engineers and other service workers get the respect they deserve.
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It's Openreach, not BT Openreach

31 Jul 2020
For the last two years, we’ve removed thousands of BT logos from our vehicles, uniforms and buildings, and we’ve brought the new independent Openreach brand to life.
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Over three million more rural homes and businesses to get Full Fibre broadband

29 Jul 2020
Over three million more homes and businesses in the hardest to reach parts of the country to get ultra-reliable, gigabit-ready Full Fibre broadband by the mid-2020's.
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Pride 2020: An engineer's view

26 Jun 2020
Aidan, an Openreach trainee engineer, talks about why he thinks Pride is important.
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Coronavirus: Supporting economic recovery post COVID-19

24 Jun 2020
Mairead Meyer, Diector of Openreach Northern Ireland, talks about Economist Richard Johnston's paper on the importance of Full Fibre to economic recovery and growth.

Salisbury – the mother of invention

23 Jun 2020
Salisbury became the first fully fibred, ultrafast city for Openreach in record-breaking time – read how innovation made it possible.

Women in Engineering – a pioneer’s view

17 Jun 2020
Meet a true pioneer. Suzanne tells us what it was really like for women in engineering #backintheday to celebrate International Women in Engineering day 2020 #INWED20

Scotland should prioritise investment in the digital economy

04 Jun 2020
Does Scotland need to focus on the digital economy to stimulate recovery from Coronavirus? We’ve called on the Scottish Government to prioritise investment in the digital economy in our response to the Scottish Government’s Advisory Group on Economic Recovery.
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From Spotify to Facebook - Connecting during a crisis

02 Jun 2020
During the early days of the lockdown there was concern from some as to why our engineers were still outside working, we needed to quickly and widely communicate how essential the work they are doing is.

Being a special police constable during a pandemic

01 Jun 2020
Working full-time for Openreach and volunteering as a special constable, read how Ami fits it all in and the impact the coronavirus has had.

'Bear Grylls' reconnects remote islanders

28 May 2020
A lightning strike left a couple cut off on Coll, a remote Scottish Island. An engineer has been nicknamed Openreach’s Bear Grylls after camping out on a remote island to keep remote customers connected during lockdown.

Care home left without internet

18 May 2020
Highest-risk premises, like care homes and hospitals, are being kept connected by engineers who volunteer to attend these appointments.

Motherwell engineer dials off after 47-year Openreach career

11 May 2020
A Motherwell engineer is hanging up his helmet after nearly half a century. He tells us how much things have changed in that time.

Climbing Mount Everest - 10 times

05 May 2020
Trainee engineers see the world from new heights as one of our training centres celebrates its first birthday.

Coronavirus: how it's changed the night shift

04 May 2020
Many of our people, such as Simoné, are classed as key workers by the Government. Simoné, who works as a night shift fibre engineer, shares what her working life is like since COVID-19.

5G conspiracies: impact on our engineers

30 Apr 2020
Andrew, an operations manager, talks about how conspiracy theories peddled on social media are adversely impacting his people.

Arson attack in Glasgow cuts off community

29 Apr 2020
In our series looking at days in the lives of key workers - we spoke with Robert in Scotland, one of our engineers who responded to an arson attack in Glasgow.

Connecting NHS Nightingale Hospitals

22 Apr 2020
Many of our people are classed as #keyworkers by the Government. We have interviewed some of them to find out what their working life is like now. The first in this new blog series features Jamie, a Senior Engineering Area Manager.
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We've placed 15th in The Sunday Times list of '25 best big companies to work for'

28 Feb 2020
Over the last few years we’ve put a lot of effort into improving our business. We’ve upped our investment in skills, training facilities and hiring, all to make sure that we can build the best possible network, with the highest quality service, to everyone across the UK.
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Community, connections and Ulster Rugby

21 Feb 2020
Ulster Rugby Head Coach, Dan McFarland knows about building a community and shares his views ahead of Saturday's game.

Let’s hear it for the girls!

20 Feb 2020
Last year we celebrated International Women’s Day with a complete take-over on our website. We then celebrated International Women in Engineering Day by launching a new series of blogs interviewing inspirational Openreach women. The first featured was Kim Mears, our MD of Strategic Infrastructure Development. Kim has since gone on to be awarded an OBE for services to the UK Communications Industry.

Rural communities joining the race for better broadband

27 Jan 2020
A large proportion of our new Full Fibre network is already in rural areas and we want to go much further. We’re widening out our build programme to include 250,000 homes and businesses in more than 200 rural locations.

Stronger When We're Connected

21 Jan 2020
A view from Northern Ireland as a major connectivity milestone is passed in the province.

Full Fibre broadband could help cut your carbon footprint – here's how

20 Jan 2020
Full Fibre - gigabit - broadband is not just faster, more reliable and future-proof, it can also help you be more energy efficient.

A romp back through our highlights of 2019

12 Dec 2019
2019 has been a busy year in Openreach’s history – from accelerated Full Fibre build to recruitment drives. Read all the highlights here.

Looking forward to lighting up Salisbury for a much-loved Christmas event

09 Dec 2019
We’re working to make Salisbury the first city in the country with universal access to our future-proof, next generation Full Fibre broadband in what’s expected to be the fastest city-wide network build in the UK.

The Enabler of Prosperity for Scotland

03 Dec 2019
Societies’ needs are changing dramatically and so too is the broadband infrastructure on which future generations will depend.

Some see barriers, others only see the goal

25 Nov 2019
Ex-RAF high flyer, Cheryl Burgess, who now works on Full Fibre broadband delivery, shares her story and career advice as part of our blog series for #BalanceforBetter - the International Women’s Day campaign.

Full Fibre Broadband is going to turbocharge the economy - here's how

11 Nov 2019
Experts at the Centre for Economics and Business Research have studied the link between Full Fibre connectivity and the nation’s future prosperity.

What do you see when you picture an engineer?

05 Nov 2019
We’re pleased to support the This is Engineering campaign, led by the Royal Academy of Engineering, to encourage more young people from all backgrounds to consider engineering careers.

Laura Whelan the ex-grad who never thought she'd work here

29 Oct 2019
Laura talks about her journey from graduate to Regional Partnership Director in five years as part of our blog series for #BalanceforBetter, the International Women’s Day campaign.

Five ways we're tackling the digital divide

07 Oct 2019
As the country’s leading digital infrastructure provider, we’re determined to help the Government deliver faster, more reliable broadband to as many rural communities as possible.

Proud to be a vital part of Scotland’s digital DNA

12 Sep 2019
I’m proud to say that we’ve been keeping Scotland connected for more than 100 years and we’re fully invested in its future. We don’t just build in cities. Openreach is the only organisation truly tackling the delivery of fibre network in urban and rural areas – with impressive results.

Ulster Rugby unveil their new kit

28 Aug 2019
We hear about the new four-year sponsorship deal from our guest blogger Jonny Petrie, Chief Executive of Ulster Rugby.

Catherine Colloms, Director Corporate Affairs and Brand, gives us an insight into her life at Openreach

20 Aug 2019
Catherine talks us through her career path to date and she shares her experience of working in male-dominated industries plus her tips for leading a balanced family life. This is part of our International Women’s Day #BalanceforBetter campaign.

Northern Ireland to benefit from full fibre broadband

15 Aug 2019
Openreach have invested significantly to make full fibre broadband available to 325,000 premises across Northern Ireland by the summer of 2021.

36 new locations will benefit from our future-proof broadband over the next 12 months

31 Jul 2019
We’re building at a massive scale. Every 30 seconds we pass a home or business with our new future-proofed full fibre network.

Beyond the school gate – putting lifelong learning on the digital map

12 Jul 2019
We’re delighted to be part of a movement of businesses, local authorities and arts and cultural institutions, convened by the RSA and Digitalme, to put lifelong learning at the heart of a city’s social and economic development.

We’ve reached 100,000 homes and businesses with our Community Fibre Partnership programme

08 Jul 2019
The total number of homes and businesses who have chosen to upgrade their broadband under our co-funding scheme has reached 100,000.

Goodbye old telephone network, hello new opportunities

27 Jun 2019
We’re modernising the way we deliver phone and broadband services across the UK - moving from existing analogue and copper technologies to faster, more reliable, fibre broadband.

We’re proud to support Armed Forces Day this Saturday

27 Jun 2019
We're proud to be supporting Armed Forces Day, in recognition of their hard work, dedication and efforts to keep us safe in the UK and across the globe.

Looking forward to International Women in Engineering Day this Sunday

20 Jun 2019
Kim Mears, MD Strategic Infrastructure Development talks about her ambitions to deliver full-fibre broadband to the UK and the benefits of a more gender balanced workforce.

Proposing new trials to upgrade consumers to faster and more reliable broadband connections

18 Jun 2019
We want to play the leading role in helping the Government to achieve its target of a fully fibred UK by 2033. And as the Chief Strategy Officer at Openreach, my mission, and that of my team, is to define the future direction of the business, and therefore help turn the Government target into reality.

Preparing for International Women in Engineering Day

17 Jun 2019
Openreach are running open days at our training schools in Livingston, Peterborough and Bradford on Sunday 23 June 2019 for International Women in Engineering Day.

Full-Fibre for new housing in Pembrokeshire

23 May 2019
Openreach engineers connecting full-fibre to new social housing in Pembrokeshire

Future-proof broadband for a million more

09 May 2019
We now intend to reach an extra one million premises within our original timeframe, meaning four million homes and businesses will have access to a full fibre to the premises (FTTP) service over our network by the end of March 2021.

Ask Openreach

29 Apr 2019
Our Openreach engineering and customer service teams have answered the most common questions people have about broadband. Watch our video to learn more.

Free Broadband For Millionth Home Connected To Full Fibre

09 Apr 2019
Free broadband for millionth home connected to full fibre

New Broadband for South Wales Cave Rescuers Could Save Lives

08 Apr 2019
Faster broadband for the South and Mid Wales Cave Rescue Team’s depot in Penwyllt could save lives.

Our full fibre network is available to more than 1 million homes and businesses

07 Apr 2019
Kevin Murphy, MD Fibre and Network Delivery, talks about Openreach making full fibre available to over one million premises.

Digital Network Paves the Way for ehealth Revolution

01 Apr 2019
Lothian MSP Miles Briggs joins Openreach engineers in Edinburgh to see how fibre broadband could revolutionise e-healthcare

Perthshire Politician Connects With High Speed Broadband

31 Mar 2019
John Swinney shadows Openreach engineers to see how high speed broadband is being rolled out locally in Scotland.

Digital Norm Comes to Dorset

25 Mar 2019
Digital Norm arrives in Dorset to promote Openreach’s extension of the fibre broadband network to over 3,800 premises across the county.

Rural South Wales community pulls together for ultrafast broadband

25 Mar 2019
Every property in the rural village of Llancarfan will have ultrafast broadband thanks to a Fibre Community Partnership with Openreach.

Putting Fibre at the Start of Your Build

25 Mar 2019
Brendan Dick, Chair of the Openreach board in Scotland, explains how property developers can play their part in bringing full fibre to the country, including hard-to-reach locations.

Full Fibre Consultation

21 Mar 2019
Openreach’s Chief Strategy Officer Richard Allwood talks about how we are consulting with phone and broadband providers on our plans for full fibre broadband.

Huge first for Salisbury

19 Mar 2019
We’re making Salisbury the first city in the country to gain complete access to our new Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband technology.

Proud to support International Womens Day

07 Mar 2019
We’re proud to support International Women’s Day, Balance for Better campaign

Jamie Hepburn helps open new fibre training school in Livingston, Scotland

07 Mar 2019
We’ve unveiled a £485,000 investment in a national fibre training school for Scotland to educate the country’s next generation of digital engineers bringing vital broadband services to communities across Scotland.

Hear from Chris Jones, CEO City & Guilds, on the value of apprenticeships

04 Mar 2019
Hear from Chris Jones, CEO City & Guilds, on the value of apprenticeships

Rhoda Grant MSP connects with high-speed broadband

25 Feb 2019
Highlands and Islands MSP Rhoda Grant has been out in the field with our engineers to see the progress on the roll-out of high-speed broadband in her constituency.

New tool by Qlik helps us halve the time taken to install fibre to businesses

20 Feb 2019
A new data analytics tool, Qlik Sense, is helping us to reduce the time taken to install business fibre connections.

Sir Vince Cable connects with our engineers in Twickenham

15 Feb 2019
Sir Vince Cable has been hitting the streets with our engineers to find out about how we’re bringing full-fibre broadband to homes and businesses in Twickenham.
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We’re proud to be shortlisted for three awards

06 Feb 2019
We’re pleased and proud to announce that we've been shortlisted for awards at the Learning Awards 2019 and the West London Business Awards 2019.

Our transparency approach

28 Jan 2019
Openreach’s MD of corporate affairs talks about how we’re publishing our plans to make FTTP broadband available to three million homes and businesses by 2020.

Recruitment Trainee Engineers

28 Jan 2019
Openreach is hiring 3,000 new trainee engineers – our biggest recruitment effort ever. They'll help us keep driving the UK’s digital revolution.

11 New Fibre First Locations

28 Jan 2019
Openreach is expanding its fibre to the premises network to 11 new areas. This will get full fibre to three million homes and businesses by the end of 2020.

Fastershire Hereford

24 Jan 2019
At Openreach we’re working with our partner Fastershire to help more than 2,000 homes and businesses across Hereford access superfast broadband for the first time.

Fibre Rollout in Wales

18 Jan 2019
Openreach is working with the Welsh Government to get more people and businesses access to fast fibre broadband across Wales, especially in rural areas.

Oliver Mundell MSP Connects With High Speed Fibre Broadband in Dumfriesshire

15 Jan 2019
Openreach engineers have been showing Oliver Mundell, a member of the Scottish Parliament, our progress with fibre broadband in Dumfries and Galloway.

Superfast fibre puts Classlochie Farm on the map

09 Jan 2019
The remote Classlochie Farm development is now an ultrafast hub thanks to a Fibre Community Partnership with Openreach. Read how they got fibre broadband.

Government grants prove just the business to bring fibre to 'forgotten parish' of Hannington

02 Jan 2019
Government grants prove just the business to bring fibre to 'forgotten parish' of Hannington

Keep the UK Connected Winter

24 Dec 2018
We’re stocking up on supplies and investing in our network to keep all Openreach customers connected this winter – whatever the weather has in store.

Emergency Response in the Isles of Scilly

20 Dec 2018
Openreach is working on the Isles of Scilly to make sure they stay connected to the mainland, and to try to stop any problems with communications services.

Our engineers beef up broadband in London’s Smithfield Market

18 Dec 2018
Openreach has installed full fibre technology at Smithfield meat market in London. So these Grade II listed buildings now have ultrafast connectivity.

Scottish Islands ultrafast broadband

18 Dec 2018
Openreach is installing new full fibre networks in housing developments in the Scottish Isles, making them some of the best connected in the country.

Altnaharra

17 Dec 2018
Openreach is working with remote communities like the hamlet of Altnaharra to get them ultrafast broadband, as part of the Fibre Community Partnership scheme.

Cumbrian primary school now learning at light speed

14 Dec 2018
Pupils at Stoneraise primary in Cumbria have light speed fibre broadband thanks to a Fibre Community Partnership with Openreach. See how it's helped the school.

Cumbrian pupils wrap up broadband cabinet

14 Dec 2018
Openreach is playing a part in the community in Cumbria by showing local children what we do in the background to keep us all connected to superfast broadband.

Secret bunker in Scotland goes full fibre

06 Dec 2018
Premises across Fife can now upgrade to fibre broadband. Openreach visited Scotland’s Secret Bunker to find out how this can help them attract more visitors.

Swansea Fibre First

05 Dec 2018
Swansea is the latest area of the UK to benefit from Openreach’s multimillion pound fibre investment and will be able to get ultrafast broadband speeds.

Nepal SSAFA The Armed Forces Charity

04 Dec 2018
Find out about the Openreach team who trekked in sub-zero temperatures through the Himalayas to raise over £50,000 for SSAFA, the armed forces charity.

Gfast Ultrafast New Locations

26 Nov 2018
Openreach is extending the Gfast network to 81 locations in the UK. This will bring faster, more reliable broadband to around a million homes and businesses.

Sarah Calam wants to encourage more women to enter STEM professions

13 Nov 2018
Openreach engineer Sarah Calam talks about what it’s like to work in a traditionally male-dominated area, and how engineering is a viable career for young women.

INCA Conference

06 Nov 2018
Openreach’s CEO and director of corporate affairs are at this year’s INCA conference, talking about policy and regulatory issues affecting the industry.

Cameron Francis

31 Oct 2018
Openreach is inspiring pupils to think about careers in engineering with the fibre showcase – a portable classroom showing how Scotland is digitally connected.

ISPA

30 Oct 2018
Openreach is the headline sponsor of the 2018 ISPA conference. We’ll be talking to the internet service providers who attend about the Fibre First programme.

Dropping price of full fibre broadband to new homes

24 Oct 2018
Openreach is offering property developers a 75 per cent discount on FTTP technology. This could give tens of thousands new homes fast, reliable broadband.

Celebrating excellence in local government

11 Oct 2018
Robert Thorburn, partnership director, talks about the COSLA Excellence Awards, and the positive impact Openreach is having on communities across Scotland.

Coventry Fibre First

02 Oct 2018
Openreach is giving tens of thousands of homes and businesses in Coventry access to fast, reliable broadband with fibre to the premises (FTTP) technology.