Thousands more properties to be connected to full fibre broadband

Another 90,000 homes and businesses in Yorkshire and the Humber are to benefit from a broadband boost thanks to a £27m investment by digital network provider Openreach.

When work is finished, people living and working in at least 10 communities across North, South and West Yorkshire will be able to contact their broadband provider and upgrade to full fibre broadband.

The new network is being built to the majority of premises in Addingham, Dunnington, Huby, Huddersfield, Keighley, Steeton, Strensall, Thorne, Wakefield and Wheldrake.

It follows several key announcements last year outlining plans that more than 650,000 homes and businesses would be getting access to Openreach’s new network, including tens of thousands in rural and harder to serve areas.

Robert Thorburn, Openreach’s regional director for the North, said: “Nobody in the UK is building full fibre faster, further or at a higher quality than Openreach.

“In 2021 our engineers built around 770 metres of new broadband cables every minute – making Ultrafast broadband available to another home every 13 seconds.

“We’ve already reached six million homes and businesses across the UK with ultrafast full fibre technology including around 480,000 in Yorkshire and the Humber but we know there’s more to do and we’re committed to doing it.”

Full fibre broadband is up to ten times faster than the average home broadband connection and around five times more reliable than the traditional copper-based network, providing more predictable, consistent speeds.