Openrach has outlined plans to make ultrafast, ultra-reliable and future proof broadband available at 19 sites in market towns and villages across Cheshire. They include locations at Lymm, Booths Hill, Oughtrington, Heatley, Culcheth and Croft.
It’s part of a bigger announcement involving 227 “harder to reach” areas across the UK, with building to start in the next 14 months and a target of reaching four million homes and business with full-fibre technology by the end of March next year.
The work builds on successful cost busting village trials launched at the tail end of last year – including Tarporley and Mickle Trafford – which have seen engineers developing a range of new tools, skills and techniques to help Openreach build full fibre in areas previously considered too complex or expensive to upgrade.
Openreach recently reached over two million homes and businesses with full fibre technology and a quarter of its existing footprint already falls within rural areas. More than 120,000 homes and businesses – including around 7,000 in North West – have also signed up to Openreach’s Community Fibre Partnership (CFP) scheme.
The CFP programme enables the company to work with a local community to build a customised co-funded solution and bring fibre broadband to areas not included in any existing private or publicly subsidised upgrade schemes.
To view the full list of market towns and villages included in this phase of build, please visit – https://opnr.ch/200locationsp
More than 3,500 Openreach people live and work in the North West.