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Openreach wins technology award from Essex County Council

Press Release   •   Jan 16, 2018 16:18 GMT

Representitives from Essex County Council and Openreach celebrate the award

OPENREACH WINS TECHNOLOGY AWARD FROM ESSEX COUNTY COUNCIL

Openreach has been announced as a winner at the second Essex County Council (ECC) supplier recognition awards for its work on the multi million pound Superfast Essex programme.

The awards were introduced last year by ECC to recognise and celebrate their top suppliers and the excellent work and services they supply.

Openreach, the business responsible for Britain’s largest phone and broadband network, was recognised in the Best Use of Digital Technology category. It has a contract with ECC to deliver superfast broadband to the county’s more challenging areas not included in the private sector’s commercial roll-out of the high-speed technology.

A number of innovations have been introduced by Openreach to support the Superfast Essex team. One significant step forward was to provide data for the interactive maps at a property level, allowing the Superfast Essex website to display detailed roll-out information to residents, reducing the number of enquiries being received by the team and contact centre.

95,000 homes and businesses are now able to get superfast broadband speeds of 30Mbs or above as a result of the Superfast Essex programme, which continues to deliver upgrades at a rate of 2,000 properties a month.

Essex County Councillor Gagan Mohindra, Deputy Cabinet Member for Economic Growth, Skills, Infrastructure and the Digital Economy, who presented the award to Openreach, said: “I’m very pleased to be presenting this award to Openreach for its ongoing achievement in extending superfast broadband coverage across the county. The recognition is thoroughly deserved and testament to the great partnership which has developed with Superfast Essex and Openreach.”

Rowena D’Rosario, programme manager for Openreach, said: “It is very rewarding to be recognised for the hard work we have been doing right across Essex. This is testament to the tremendous efforts of our people, in partnership with Essex County Council on this programme.

“Increasingly, fibre has become the ‘must have’technology for families and businesses, which is why we’re working hard to make it available to as many people as possible, even in the most remote parts of Essex.”

About us

Openreach is Britain’s digital network business. That means we connect homes, mobile phone masts, schools, shops, banks, hospitals, libraries, broadcasters, governments and businesses – large and small – to the world. It’s our mission to build the best possible network with the highest quality service, and make sure that everyone in Britain can be connected.

Our 30,400 people work on behalf of more than 580 communications providers like Sky, TalkTalk, Vodafone and BT. Our fibre broadband network is the biggest in the UK, covering more than 26.8 million premises. And our technology is the basis of Britain’s thriving digital economy, which is the largest of the G20 countries.

We’re working hard to give people the broadband speeds they need at work and at home. Over the last decade, we’ve invested more than £11bn into our network. And we now manage more than 158 million kilometres of cable stretching from Scotland to Cornwall, and from Wales to the east coast. But we’re not stopping there – we’re making superfast broadband speeds available to thousands more homes and businesses every week.

We’re owned by BT Group and independently governed. Our business is highly regulated, and more than 90 per cent of our revenue comes from services that are regulated by Ofcom. Any company can access our products under the same prices, terms and conditions.

In the year ending 31 March 2017, we reported revenues of £5.1bn.

To find out more about us and what we do, go to openreach.co.uk.