Broadband boost unveiled in £31.5 billion investment programme

North Devon Gazette

Areas in North Devon are to receive a major Broadband boost as part of massive £31.5 million investment programme by Openreach.

People living and working in 20 communities across the South West, including 90,000 more homes and businesses, are due to be upgraded following the company’s latest build announcement, with a new, ultrafast, ultra-reliable ‘full fibre’ broadband network being built to most premises in places like Woolacombe.

The local news comes as the digital network provider announces it has reached more than six million homes and businesses across the UK with ultrafast Full Fibre, more than 540,000 of them in the West Country.

The plans are a further boost as they follow news earlier this year that an additional 720,000 homes and businesses in the South West would be getting access to Openreach’s new network, including 440,000 in rural and harder to serve areas.

Connie Dixon, Openreach’s Regional Director for the South West, said, “Good connectivity is vital – whether it’s to work from home, access education and care services, or for gaming and streaming entertainment – and that’s why we’re investing across the UK to upgrade our network to 25 million premises."