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Partnership approach brings ultrafast broadband to more homes and businesses in Cuckfield, West Sussex

Press Release   •   Jan 12, 2018 11:14 GMT

Openreach’s Community Fibre Partnerships scheme to deliver the latest Fibre-to-the-Premise (FTTP) technology in Cuckfield

A partnership between local residents and Openreach will make ultrafast broadband available to 11 homes, in Broxmead Lane, Cuckfield near Haywards Heath.

Openreach, Britain’s digital network business,will install new fibre optic cabling called Fibre-to-the-Premise (FTTP) technology, which is capable of delivering speeds up to 330Mbps.

Ultrafast broadband speeds will be available for the first time for the residents in Broxmead Lane, from a wide range of broadband service providers. The co-funded deal, involving investment by local residents and Openreach, is expected to see the first residents get the ultrafast service in October this year.

One business which is set to benefit from having access to faster broadband speeds is photographer Natasha Merchant, she said: “I’m looking forward to using faster broadband speeds. Quicker internet speeds will enable to me to upload and transfer files faster. The photos I take are high resolution, so anything that helps to send big data files to my customers will ultimately help my business be more efficient.”

Steve Haines, managing director of next generation access for Openreach, said: “It is great to be able to work with proactive communities like the people of Broxmead Laneto find a fibre broadband solution. We are working on hundreds of similar community fibre partnership programmes across the UK, which are bringing faster internet access to areas not covered by any private or public funded fibre broadband rollout plans. Openreach is committed to making fibre broadband as widely available as possible.

“More than 95 per cent[1] of households and businesses in Mid Sussex already have access to superfast speeds and, nationally, UK superfast broadband coverage will rise to 95 per cent by the end of 2017. More than 400 communities across the country have already signed up to Openreach’s co-funded Community Fibre Partnerships scheme with more than 200 already enjoying the benefits of superfast broadband.”

To find out how to help bring superfast broadband to your community visit www.communityfibre.openreach.co.uk

For more details on the roll-out of fibre broadband visit www.openreach.co.uk/whereandwhen

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.