£56m Ultrafast Boost in the North East
People living and working in parts of Sunderland, Dunston, Killingworth, North Shields, Ryhope, East Herrington, Blaydon and West Newcastle. are all set to benefit from the company’s national upgrade plan, with the majority of premises in each area gaining access to the latest Ultrafast, ultra-reliable Full Fibre broadband.
Work will take place between now and 2026, and more details of the full list of locations and timescales are published on Openreach’s website.
This announcement builds on Openreach’s existing work in the North East region, where more than 100,000 homes and businesses can already order ultrafast, ultra-reliable full fibre broadband. And it follows hot on the heels of a similar announcement last month, when 160,000 premises – in mainly rural and harder to serve areas across the North East - were also included in future build plans.
Following a competitive tender process, Telent Infrastructure Services, were chosen by Openreach to support the upgrades and will play a crucial role in building the new network to thousands of premises in these locations
Robert Thorburn, Openreach’s regional director for the North, said: “Nobody in the UK is building full fibre faster, further or at a higher quality than Openreach. We’re reaching more communities than ever and our team of highly-skilled engineers, alongside our build partners, are working hard to deliver some of the fastest and most reliable broadband available anywhere in the world.
“Just last month we announced tens of thousands rural and hard to reach locations across the North East were to benefit, so it’s great that we’re able to reveal another huge broadband boost for the region with these additional locations.
“The latest details and timescales will be available on our website as the build planning progresses.”
Ric Welsby, Managing Director of Telent Infrastructure Services, said; “We are very pleased to be supporting Openreach in the build of this ultrafast and ultra-reliable full fibre broadband network. The long-term contracts we have been awarded allow us to recruit the people we need to provide an excellent service to Openreach.
“We have many exciting roles to fill, I would encourage anyone who is interested in working on this important national infrastructure project to visit our website.”
Openreach’s updated build plan will be fundamental to the UK Government achieving its target of delivering ‘gigabit capable’ broadband to 85 per cent of UK by 2025 and it follows an extended investment commitment by its parent, BT Group – which means the company will now build Full Fibre technology to a total of 25 million premises, including more than six million in the hardest-to-serve parts of the country by the end of 2026.
Openreach is already building Full Fibre faster, at lower cost and higher quality than anyone else in the UK, having made the technology available to more than 5 million homes and business so far.
Openreach plays an important role across the North East region. More than 1,100 of our people live and work here. Recent research by the Centre for Economics and Business Research (Cebr) highlighted the clear economic benefits of connecting everyone in the North East to full fibre. It estimated this would create a £1.7 billion boost to the local economy.
This short video explains what Full Fibre technology is and you can find out more about our Fibre First programme, latest availability and local plans here.
 Investment figure based on an average build cost of £400 per premises