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City businesses get ultrafast update

Press Release   •   May 17, 2018 09:00 BST

Openreach’s strategic infrastructure development director Kim Mears visits Edinburgh this week to update city businesses about plans for ultrafast broadband services in the capital.

Business leaders from organisations such as JP Morgan, Commsworld and Transport for Edinburgh heard about Openreach’s latest investment plans at a breakfast hosted by Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce today.

Kim said: “Edinburgh already has access to extensive high-speed broadband, with 98 per cent of households and businesses now able to connect at 30Mbps and over.

“We’re taking this to the next level across the city by building an ultrafast Fibre to the Premises network capable of 1Gbps speeds – that’s about 24 times faster than the current UK average of 44Mbps. This large-scale deployment will benefit businesses and residents alike.”

Edinburgh is the first city in Scotland and one of eight across the UK to be at the forefront of Openreach’s Fibre First programme to deliver full fibre connections to three million premises by the end of 2020 and 10m by the mid-2020s with the right conditions. Work is under way in parts of the city including Corstorphine and Newington, with places like Murrayfield, Abbeyhill and western Dalry expected to follow.

Kim added: “We know good connectivity is essential to Scotland, its businesses, economy and internationally renowned capital which is why we’re starting our mass-market rollout of FTTP here – and hiring 40 new engineers to help deliver it.”

Liz McAreavey, chief executive of Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce, said: “Connectivity is a vital part of maximising Edinburgh’s digital potential and realising our ambition of becoming the Data Capital of Europe. Our members will be interested to hear about Openreach’s plans to deliver gigabit capacities across the city.

“We’ll be able to consider how everyone can work together to make this happen and reap the opportunities for economic growth it will bring.”

About Openreach

Openreach is Britain’s digital network business.

We’re 30,400 people who connect homes, mobile phone masts, schools, shops, banks, hospitals, libraries, broadcasters, governments and businesses - large and small - to the world.

Our mission is to build the best possible network, with the highest quality service, making sure that everyone in Britain can be connected.

We work on behalf of more than 590 communications providers like SKY, TalkTalk, Vodafone, and BT, and our fibre broadband network is the biggest in the UK, passing more 27 million premises. We’re also the platform for Britain’s thriving digital economy, which is the largest in the G20.

We’re working hard to give people the speeds they need to run and enjoy their daily lives. Over the last decade, we’ve invested more than £11 billion into our network and we now manage more than 160 million kilometres of cable stretching from Scotland to Cornwall, from Wales to the east coast. And we’re continuing to take that network further - making superfast broadband speeds available to thousands more homes and businesses every week.

Openreach is a wholly owned and independently governed division of the BT Group, and it is a highly regulated business, with more than 90 per cent of our revenues generated from services that are regulated by Ofcom.

Any company can access our products under exactly the same prices, terms and conditions.

For the year ended 31 March 2017, we reported revenues of £5.1bn.

For more information, visitopenreach.co.uk