Salisbury becomes the first ultra-fast broadband city in Britain

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Salisbury becomes the first ultra-fast broadband city in Great Britain with “Fiber-to-the-Premises” technology accessible to 20,000 households

Salisbury has today become the first city in the UK to have universal access to high speed fiber broadband.

Openreach, the division of BT that deals with cables and wires, built the entire historic city network of Wiltshire Cathedral in just under a year so that Fiber-to-the-Premises technology ( FTTP) is available for 20,000 households and businesses.

It is much faster and more reliable than old-fashioned copper connections, which are often affected by weather conditions.

Fiber-to-the-Premiers ultra-fast broadband technology is available to 20,000 households and businesses in the cathedral city of Salisbury

The FTTP network could help the UK economy recover from the coronavirus, as it could allow thousands more to work remotely and start home businesses.

A study by an economic consultancy, the Center for Economics & Business Research, found that connecting the south-west of England with full fiber broadband over the next five years would help savings of £ 4.3 billion.

James Tappenden, the director of Openreach who led the project, said that deploying FTTP will create thousands of jobs.

“These will be new direct roles for engineers, but there will also be indirect jobs because the supply chain is massive,” he said.

“We will need vehicles, cables and even telegraph poles.” He added that 2.7 million homes and commercial premises are now entirely fiber optic, and that Openreach has a target of 4.5 million by the end of March, and 20 million by mid-late 2020. , or about two-thirds of British households.

Earlier this week, CityFibre, the country’s third largest digital infrastructure platform, announced that it is creating 10,000 jobs to accelerate its deployment of fiber.

Openreach invested £ 10 million in the Salisbury project, which posed unique challenges due to world-renowned architecture.

Salisbury was also the site to test ways to move the old analog telephone network to a new digital service so that voice calls are also routed over the same fiber optic cables as broadband, instead of traditional copper wires. .

So far, only 800 homes have upgraded the service. Beginning in December, households upgrading or modifying their broadband will not be able to purchase a full fiber product until the copper is removed.

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