Openreach hits 65% build milestone in Bristol

Mon, 27/11/2023 - 13:59

Openreach’s network in Bristol now addresses 65% of the city’s premises, representing more than 145,000 homes and businesses.

This coincides with 65 years since the late HM The Queen made the first subscriber trunk dialled telephone call from the Bristol telephone exchange to the Lord Provost of Edinburgh.

Openreach has spent more than £43m so far to build the new network in the exchange areas of Bedminster, Bishopsworth, Bristol South, Bristol North, Bristol West, Easton, Eastville, Whitchurch and Westbury-on-Trym.

The build is ongoing in Redcliffe, Avonmouth and Stoke Bishop and Openreach is also investing in exchanges just outside of Bristol like Almondsbury, Chipping Sodbury, Clevedon, Keynsham, Long Ashton, Portishead, Wrington and Yatton.

Martin Williams, Openreach’s Partnership Director for the south west, said: “Gigabit-capable broadband can have a huge impact on people’s lives and it’s great for the economy.

A  Centre for Economics & Business Research report shows that connecting everyone in the south west to full fibre broadband would create a £4.3bn boost to the local economy and bring 42,000 people in the region into the workforce.

Pictured: A Scout Hut in St Andrews has been making the most of the new technology, enabling 320 scouts of all ages from the 63rd Bristol Scout Group to access content online.