More and more people around the UK can look forward to faster internet speeds as the rollout of fibre broadband by BT Openreach is pushing ahead.
We’ve made sure that 12 million homes and businesses already do have access.
But we’re very aware that quick and easy access to the web needs to exist in any part of the country, irrespective if you’re in a city or the countryside.
So by the time our rollout of superfast broadband is complete, 18 months ahead of schedule in the spring of 2014, it will extend to 19 million.
We’ll have created lots of new jobs for engineers to help with the fibre installations, too. Liv Garfield, BT Openreach Chief Executive, said: “The fact we are able to set an earlier target for the completion of our commercial rollout is a fantastic testament to the on-going hard work of our engineers.
“We look forward to welcoming many more engineers to Openreach over the coming months as we step up our recruitment drive to help connect fibre to more homes and businesses across the UK.”
The government has also welcomed the fast-moving rollout. Secretary of State for Culture Maria Miller said: “Fibre technology is a major driver of economic growth, and I am delighted to see BT make such good progress in helping to get the UK connected.
“Connectivity is a key issue for people across the country whether in rural or urban areas and I now look forward to seeing rapid progress in the government-backed projects to connect to hard-to-reach areas.”