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Major broadband upgrade plan for West Norfolk revealed




Plans for a major upgrade to broadband links in West Norfolk have been outlined.

Openreach says it will improve connections in the Lynn and Hunstanton areas without taxpayer funding, with work potentially getting underway next year.

And the company claims the project will provide some of the fastest broadband speeds in Europe when it is completed.

Openreach engineers will be conducting a major upgrade in West Norfolk over the coming years
Openreach engineers will be conducting a major upgrade in West Norfolk over the coming years

Chief executive Clive Selley said: “This year we’ve all seen the importance of having a decent broadband connection and we’re convinced that Full Fibre technology can underpin the UK’s economic recovery.

“Right now, we’re building a new, ultra-reliable full-fibre network that will boost productivity, cut commuting and carbon emissions, and connect our families, public services and businesses for decades to come.

“We’re determined to find inventive engineering solutions and effective partnership funding models to reduce costs and enable us to connect as many communities as possible across the UK without public subsidy.

Openreach plans for a huge improvement to connections in West Norfolk
Openreach plans for a huge improvement to connections in West Norfolk

“Openreach is leading the charge to help Government achieve its target of making gigabit capable networks available nationwide by 2025. And we hope that by publishing our own plans, we can help ensure that taxpayers only fund connections in communities that really need public support.”

Overall, around £12 billion is set to be invested in a bid to connect 20 million properties to full fibre broadband by the end of the decade.

A study by the Centre for Economics and Business Research has also claimed up to 45,000 people across East Anglia could return to work with improved connectivity.

Laura Whelan, the company’s regional partnership director, said: “We’ve already upgraded tens of thousands of homes and business across the region to full fibre.

“As well as keeping the existing network running throughout the Covid crisis, our engineers have safely and with social distancing in place, continued building the new infrastructure to make sure that as lockdown restrictions ease, our network is there to support families, businesses and the economic recovery.

“I’d encourage everyone to check if they can switch to the new technology, and if you can, get in touch with your broadband provider to find out more about the many benefits.

‘Full fibre’ is more reliable and more resilient meaning fewer faults and more predictable, consistent speeds. It is also ‘future-proof’ to easily meet the growing data demands of future technologies.”


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