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Broadband in Grantham is set to be given a major upgrade by Openreach.

The work is part of a wider upgrade across the East Midlands for 90,000 homes with a £31m investment by Openreach which is used by more than 660 service providers including BT, Sky, TalkTalk, Vodafone and Zen.

People living and working in large parts of Grantham are due to be upgraded following the company’s latest build announcement, with a new 'ultrafast, ultra-reliable ‘full fibre’ broadband network' being built in the area.

An Openreach trainer with apprentices in a pole yard. Photo: Monty Rakusen (53148386)
An Openreach trainer with apprentices in a pole yard. Photo: Monty Rakusen (53148386)

Kasam Hussain, Openreach’s regional director for the Midlands, 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.

“Nobody’s building faster, further or to a higher standard than Openreach, and we’ve already reached six million homes and businesses with ultrafast full fibre technology, including around 300,000 across the East Midlands. It’s proving popular as well, with tens of thousands already choosing to start using it.

“Our engineers and build partners are reaching more communities every week and we’re not just building in cities and urban areas. Many rural and hard to reach communities are already benefiting and we plan to reach many more in the coming months and years.”

Across the UK, 1.3 million homes and businesses have already ordered a full fibre service from a range of retail service providers using the Openreach network. But this means 4.7 million more are yet to start benefiting from some of the fastest, most reliable broadband connections in the world and have yet to upgrade.

Openreach says its engineers have been working hard to make the technology available to as many people as possible throughout the UK and work will continue between now and 2026, with the full list of locations and timescales being updated regularly on the Openreach website.

The company’s plans are fundamental to the UK Government achieving its target of delivering ‘gigabit capable’ broadband to 85 per cent of UK by 2025. The company plans to reach a total of 25 million premises by the end of December 2026, including more than six million in the hardest-to-serve parts of the country, defined by industry regulator Ofcom.

Openreach employs more than 1,600 people across the East Midlands region. More details about its Fibre First programme, latest availability and local plans here.

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