Bolton to benefit from further £10.5m broadband build

More than 35,000 homes and businesses in Astley Bridge, Daubhill and Higher Bolton* are joining more than 2,800 towns, cities, boroughs, villages and hamlets included in Openreach’s Full Fibre broadband build plans.   

The once-in-a-generation, Full Fibre broadband upgrade will let thousands of local people connect an army of devices at gigabit-capable speeds, whilst safe in the knowledge they have broadband capacity for decades to come.

Elsewhere in the Bolton area more than 34,000 people living and working in Bolton, Horwich and Westhoughton, already have access to the new technology.

Full Fibre broadband provides more reliable, resilient and future-proof connectivity; with fewer faults; more predictable, consistent speeds and enough capacity to easily meet growing data demands. 

Robert Thorburn, Openreach Partnership Director for the North West, 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.

“The latest details and timescales will be available on our website as the build planning progresses.”

Openreach recently passed more than 11.5 million premises across the UK, including around 3.7m million in the hardest to serve ‘final third’ of the country.

And while Openreach engineers continue to build at pace – more than 3 million homes and businesses have already taken up an ultrafast service over the Openreach network – a healthy take up rate of more than 30 per cent. 

Ultimately the company plans to build Full Fibre to 25 million homes and businesses nationwide by December 2026.

For the most personalised view of an individual home or business, Openreach recommends using its online postcode checker where people can find out the specific broadband connectivity available at their address.  


*Higher Bolton telephone exchange is in BL1 5QF and covers homes and businesses in the vicinity.

Notes to editors 

Build information included in this news release reflects our plans at the time of publication. Building a new broadband network across the UK is a huge and complex national engineering programme, so please be aware some changes may occur where we encounter unforeseen obstacles.