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In a further push by the company to reach its stated target to reach four million such premises with full-fibre technology by March 2021, BT’s broadband provision division Openreach is to roll out gigabit-ready broadband to 3.2 million rural homes and businesses.
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In January 2020, Openreach pledged to invest £12 billion to connect over 20 million premises over the coming years. Over three million homes and businesses are already able to connect to full-fibre broadband, giving a boost to the availability of future high-end video services delivered by the company. Openreach adds that it will add the new homes by the middle part of the decade, emphasising that it will connect hitherto hard to reach spots in the UK.

At the end of 2019 Openreach reached over two million UK homes and businesses with full fibre connectivity that will support Ultra HD IPTV and online video applications and a quarter of its existing footprint already falls within rural areas. The company is working to a programme designed to bring fibre broadband to areas not included in any existing private or publicly subsidised upgrade schemes and the new announcement will see Openreach widening out its build programme to include 250,000 homes and businesses in more than 200 locations previously considered too complex or expensive to upgrade commercially to full fibre.

The new locations cover market towns and villages previously considered too complex or expensive to upgrade commercially to full-fibre and include towns such as Aberdare in South Wales and Saxmundham in Suffolk. The portion of this build plan is due to be completed by March 2021.