High speed for Hillingdon
Broadband upgrade set to be rolled out across the borough
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.”