Over in the UK, the buzz at Openreach’s commercial developer event was all about BT’s £15 billion commitment to roll out full fiber networks across the UK.
Back in January of this year, Openreach (BT) published the the £15bn rollout plan for their gigabit-capable Fiber-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband ISP network, promising to add 113 new locations (towns and villages) to their coverage plan, with an aim to reach 25 million premises (80% of the UK) by December 2026.
The point of full fiber? to ensure all households and businesses can get access to superfast internet. This will be crucial to ensuring that all communities can effectively work and study from home, leveling out the digital playing field and boosting productivity across the country.
The new locations Openreach (BT) will cover incorporates a mix of locations, from larger towns like Bolton and Aldershot, to large villages, like Pembury and Langley Mill. But, far from being randomly selected, most of these locations have been placed into specific build windows, with the majority of the near-future locations set to be built between 2022 – 2023/24.
Once live, the boosted service can be ordered via various ISPs, such as BT, Sky Broadband, TalkTalk, Vodafone, and Giganet, bringing a wider variety of choice to both commercial and domestic consumers throughout the UK. And, with greater choice comes greater flexibility, granting business owners and remote workers better options when it comes to operating on their own terms with the ISP that works for them.