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Openreach trials rural connectivity solutions

Openreach has announced a trial of new tools and techniques as it works to upgrade 13 rural communities in the UK to faster, more reliable broadband

The website CommsBuiness covers the story, reporting that engineers will be deploying full fibre to upgrade 50,000 homes and businesses in villages and market towns across England and Scotland.

The trials are part of the company’s ambition to extend its new ‘full’ fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) network into rural, hard to reach areas. If the pilots are successful, thousands more premises across the UK in hard to reach areas could potentially become eligible to be included in Openreach’s ‘Fibre First’ investment programme in the future.

Clive Selley, Chief Executive of Openreach, said: ‘At Openreach…we’ve always worked hard to improve connections to isolated, less commercially attractive communities through inventive engineering and effective funding partnership models...In recent years we’ve been extending our full fibre network into rural areas – mostly in partnership with local authorities and Government – but the economics are clearly challenging and we want to do more.’

Full article:

→ CommsBuiness - Openreach looks for rural broadband solution with trial

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