High speed for Hilling­don

Broad­band up­grade set to be rolled out across the bor­ough

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Kather­ine Cle­men­tine

BT will roll out an ex­pan­sion of high-speed fi­bre broad­band across Hilling­don bor­ough.

The com­pany an­nounced the in­vest­ment, which will ben­e­fit 4,200 homes and busi­nesses, on Mon­day Septem­ber 14.

Open­reach, BT’s lo­cal net­work busi­ness, will make fi­bre avail­able to the ex­tra prop­er­ties in the next two years, tak­ing the com­pany’s to­tal cov­er­age for fi­bre in the bor­ough to more than 105,000 premises.

The new in­vest­ment in Hilling­don is part of a city-wide pro­gramme that will in­crease fi­bre cov­er­age in ev­ery Lon­don bor­ough.

The roll out will in­crease over­all fi­bre avail­abil­ity across Lon­don, tak­ing all net­works into ac­count, from around 90 per cent to around 95 per cent of premises.

The Open­reach fi­bre net­work is al­ready the largest in Lon­don, cov­er­ing nearly three mil­lion homes and busi­nesses.

BT is spend­ing more than £3 bil­lion on Open­reach’s de­ploy­ment of fi­bre across the UK, and the work in Hilling­don is part of an ad­di­tional £50 mil­lion that the com­pany ear­marked for UK cities last year.

Joe Garner, chief ex­ec­u­tive of Open­reach, said: “Open­reach engi­neers have been work­ing flat out to bring fi­bre to more than 23 mil­lion homes and busi­nesses across the coun­try in record time – and the num­ber is con­tin­u­ing to grow rapidly. Our in­vest­ment has helped make the UK’s broad­band in­fra­struc­ture among the best in Europe.

“In­stalling fi­bre in ur­ban ar­eas can be chal­leng­ing, but thanks to new tech­niques and ex­tra in­vest­ment we will now be able to reach hun­dreds of thou­sands of ad­di­tional homes and busi­nesses across Lon­don.”

An­drew Cam­pling, gen­eral man­ager for Lon­don in BT Group, is “de­lighted that BT is able to make a fur­ther in­vest­ment in fi­bre broad­band within Hilling­don.”

He said: “Whilst fi­bre broad­band is al­ready avail­able to the vast ma­jor­ity of premises across Lon­don, we’ve been ex­plor­ing op­tions that will en­able us to ex­pand our cov­er­age in the bor­ough even fur­ther.

“Given feed­back that we’ve had to date, I’m con­fi­dent that the res­i­dents and busi­nesses in the ad­di­tional parts of Hilling­don where fi­bre broad­band will now be­come avail­able will be very pleased.”

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