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Bishop's Stortford, Hatfield Broad Oak and Rodings homes and businesses to benefit from broadband upgrade

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Homes and businesses in Bishop’s Stortford and Hatfield Broad Oak are among 120,000 in the East of England set to benefit from a £36m investment by Openreach.

The BT-owned company, the UK’s largest digital network provider, maintains the telephone cables, ducts, cabinets and exchanges that connect nearly all domestic and commercial properties to the national broadband and telephone network. It is used by the likes of Sky, TalkTalk, Vodafone and Zen as well as by BT.

When the work is finished, nearly 12,000 addresses in Bishop’s Stortford and 1,200 in Hatfield Broad Oak and the Rodings will be able to contact their provider and upgrade to full-fibre broadband. This is a further boost for the East of England region, where more than 600,000 homes and businesses can now access full-fibre on the network.

Openreach engineer (56717600)
Openreach engineer (56717600)

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.

Kieran Wines, Openreach’s regional director, said: “Nobody in the UK is building full-fibre faster, further or at a higher quality than Openreach.

"We’re passing more than 50,000 new homes and businesses every week and installing around 800 metres (half a mile) of cable every minute, with our teams of highly-skilled engineers working alongside our build partners to deliver some of the fastest and most reliable broadband available anywhere in the world.

Kieran Wines, Openreach’s regional director for the East of England
Kieran Wines, Openreach’s regional director for the East of England

“We’ve already reached more than seven million homes and businesses across the UK with ultra-fast full-fibre technology, including more than 600,000 across the East of England, but we know there’s more to do and we’re committed to doing it.”

Of these 600,000 homes and businesses in the region, more than 150,000 have already ordered a full-fibre service but 450,000 have yet to upgrade.

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