West Midlands to benefit from Openreach’s broadband upgrade

Full fibre broadband is coming to 36 more towns and villages in the West Midlands, thanks to an upgrade initiative by Openreach.

Residents of Halesowen, Stourbridge, Warwick, and 35 other local communities will join over 1.25m homes and businesses in the region that already have access to the UK’s most reliable broadband technology.

Kasam Hussain, regional director for the Midlands, said: “This is a huge infrastructure success story across the Midlands. No company is building faster or further in Europe, that we’re aware of. We won’t be stopping either. We plan to build even further across the region, to more cities and towns, and our most rural communities.

 “And our engineers, of which more than 3,500 live in the region, are doing this rapidly – despite this being a hugely complex engineering project. Our fibre checker has the latest information about our work in your area. It’s also worth noting that upgrades aren’t automatic.

“Once full fibre is available where you live, you’ll need to place an order to get connected and we’ll do the rest. Openreach’s network offers the widest choice of providers such as BT, Sky, TalkTalk, Vodafone and Zen – which means people have lots of choice and can get a great deal.”

Nationally, Openreach has announced updated plans to expand full-fibre broadband to an additional 517 locations, reaching another 2.7m homes and businesses.

This effort is part of Openreach’s £15bn initiative to upgrade the UK’s broadband infrastructure, aiming to provide gigabit-capable technology to 25m homes and businesses by the end of 2026, including 6.2m in more remote and rural areas.