Cambridgeshire to benefit from Openreach’s huge broadband upgrade

Full fibre heading to more than 33,000 homes and businesses across our region

Full fibre broadband is heading to a further 16 Cambridgeshire towns and villages, as part of a huge broadband upgrade by Openreach.

People living in Chatteris, Cheveley, Kimbolton and 13 other local communities are next in line for full fibre.

They join more than 120,000 homes and businesses across the county who already have access to the UK’s most reliable broadband technology, thanks to Openreach’s work.

Across the UK, the company has published updated plans to build full fibre broadband to a record 517 more locations – covering a further 2.7[1] million homes and businesses.

Kasam Hussain, regional director for Openreach, said: “This is a huge infrastructure success story. No company is building faster or further in Europe, that we’re aware of.

“We won’t be stopping either. We plan to build even further across the region, to more cities and towns, and our most rural communities.

“And our engineers, of which more than 3,500 live in the region, are doing this at a rapid pace – despite this being a hugely complex engineering project.

“Our fibre checker has the latest information about our work in your area. It’s also worth noting that upgrades aren’t automatic. Once full fibre is available where you live, you’ll need to place an order to get connected and we’ll do the rest!

“Openreach’s network offers the widest choice of providers such as BT, Sky, TalkTalk, Vodafone and Zen – which means people have lots of choice and can get a great deal.”

Ceren Clulow, programme director for Connecting Cambridgeshire welcomed the news saying: “This is great news for the local area. We know how important full fibre is to everyday life and welcome Openreach’s news that further build will soon be getting underway.

More and more services are now online, so having greater reliability and faster speed is a welcome boost.”

The work is all part of Openreach’s £15 billion project to upgrade the UK’s broadband infrastructure – making gigabit-capable technology available to 25 million homes and businesses by the end of 2026, including 6.2 million in harder to reach more remote and rural areas.

More than 4.7 million homes and businesses across the UK have already upgraded to Full Fibre and demand continues to flow, with more than 50,000 orders being placed each week.

Openreach has also refreshed its online map and postcode checker to give a clearer, regularly updated view of its plans and progress between now and 2026.

The map now shows the levels of current and future expected full fibre coverage as of today, taking data from all of its build programmes, whilst the Openreach postcode checker continues to offer the most personalised view of the connectivity available to an individual home or business.

The Cambridgeshire locations set to benefit from Openreach’s full fibre rollout:

BurwellCrafts HillCheveley
Science ParkSteeple MordenSawston
SwaveseyWest WrattingChatteris
KimboltonNewtonParson Drove
Papworth St Agnes  

Further updates will be provided as any additional locations are added in future.

  • Openreach’s network will help to grow the UK economy by connecting people and businesses.
  • According to research by the Centre for Economics and Business Research (Cebr) the Full Fibre transformation could give a £72bn boost to the output of the UK economy in 2030. This is the equivalent of 294,960 new SMEs being created across the country or adding 25 new businesses in every local council in the UK.
  • This short video explains what Full Fibre technology is.
  • For the most personalised view of an individual home or business, Openreach recommends using its online postcode checker where people can find out the specific Openreach broadband connectivity available at their address.  

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