BT, Sky or TalkTalk will come soon with some really good broadband. Openreach, which provides various businesses with their internet access, has just announced a big improvement to its infrastructure at more than 60 locations across the UK, which will mean a significant boost for customers looking to download files that watch movies in pin-sharp 4K.
The modern broadband Fiber-to-the-Premises (FTTP) technology allows the web to be whizzed into homes without relying on older infrastructure-often slowing things down to a snail’s speed. Indeed, fiber cables are entirely capable of delivering speeds in excess of 1Gbps which is around 16 times faster than the average UK.
Openreach claims this new expansion means more than 560 towns, cities, counties, villages, and hamlets have now been included in the company’s Fibre First initiative – a huge £12 billion project to expand ‘Absolute Fiber’ infrastructure to 20 million premises across the UK by the mid-to-late 2020s.
Talking of the upgrade, Openreach CEO Clive Selley said: “Despite the pandemic challenges we are continually making great strides towards our target of building ultra-fast, ultra-reliable broadband to 20 million homes and businesses.
This modern electronic platform can help the UK’s growth bounce back faster from the Covid-19 crisis, and while full recovery is likely to be evaluated in years rather than months, there is clear evidence that Full Fiber broadband could assist in turbo-charging. “It will mean fewer fiber optic faults, faster connexions, and a consistent, reliable network for homes, shops, GP surgeries and schools across the country that will serve them for decades to come.”
The news of this update comes as many ISPs have started testing downloads faster. BT already offers 1Gbps speeds and providers like Sky, TalkTalk and Zen are starting to offer far faster downloads to a limited number of customers.