Dec 18, 2020

Openreach creating 5,300 new jobs to speed fibre rollout

Openreach is creating 5,300 new jobs in its drive to speed up the UK's broadband networks. The government has told telecoms firms it wants ultra-fast broadband networks to reach every corner of the UK. To achieve this, BT's Openreach division is recruiting 2,500 people for engineering jobs and estimates its construction partners will take on 2,800 more. The government estimates that with a full-fibre optic broadband network available, nearly two million more people than previously estimated could choose to work from home in the long term, reducing transport and housing pressures in big cities and boosting local and rural economies across the country. At the moment, Openreach is extending its full-fibre network to 40,000 homes and businesses a week, but by the end of next year, that will have to rise to around 50,000 premises a week, if the project is to stay on target. In the past, Openreach has come under fire for failing to invest quickly enough and sticking with its legacy copper network for too long.

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