If your broadband speeds are slowing you down, there could be good news on the horizon. Openreach, which provides broadband infrastructure to companies such as BT, Sky and TalkTalk, has just announced its next big fiber upgrade with more locations across the UK enjoying a significant boost speed.
The BT-owned company said it will provide the latest gigabit-enabled Full Fiber broadband to 56 other locations with areas including Aylesford, Bishop Stortford, Cambridge, Dartford, High Wycombe, Hartlepool, Peterborough and Stockton all to benefit from this boost.
The upgrade will mean over seven million homes will soon have access to a super-fast connection that can download a blockbuster HD movie in under 40 seconds or huge PS5 games on consoles in just 7 minutes. For comparison, the same game would take nearly two hours to download over a standard 70 Mbps line.
Rollout of the new Full Fiber network will continue through 2026 – with a full list of locations and timelines updated regularly on the Openreach website.
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Here are all the new locations that are getting the latest speed boost.
Birtley • Durham • Greatham • Hartlepool • Hetton Le Hole • Seaham • Fencehouses • Easington • Peterlee • Wellfield • Brotton • Loftus • Redcar • Skelton • Saltburn • Eaglescliffe • Hartburn • Ingleby Barwick • Norton • Stockton • Wolviston • Bishops Stortford • Hatfield Broad Oak • Roothing • Doddington • March • Eye • Mereside • Peterborough • Whittlesey • Dartford • Slade Green • Barming • Bearsted • High Wycombe • Lane End • Naphill • Bluebell Hill • Aylesford • Clevedon ª• Poole • Yatton ª• Woodbridge • New Southgate • Winchmore Hill • Upholland • Cambridge • Cherry Hinton • Cottenham • Fulbourn • Girton • Histon • Teversham • Willingham • Waterbeach • Werrington
This latest news from Openreach is part of a plan to bring full fiber speeds to over 24 million homes by 2026.
If you didn’t already know, fiber to the premises (FTTP) is far superior to aging copper cables because it’s designed to meet the requirements most modern homes need today.
Copper lines won’t be faster than around 72 Mbps and can also slow down when a lot of internet traffic tries to pass through them at the same time.
Speaking of the recent updates, Clive Selley, CEO of Openreach, said, “Over seven million homes can now connect to our Full Fiber network, which is a fantastic achievement. We’ve come a long way – it took us eight years to cross our first local million, but only four months to cross our last million.