Lewes MP Maria Caulfield met engineers working in Lewes to learn about the new infrastructure being built by Openreach to deliver ultrafast, Full Fibre broadband to thousands of homes and businesses as part of Openreach’s £15 billion commercial investment in upgrading the UK’s broadband network.
She was given a socially distanced tour of the work, which involves engineers overlaying copper cables with fibreoptic cables which run directly from the Openreach exchange into homes and businesses. Superfast broadband (speeds of up to 30 mbps) is now available in 97% of homes and businesses across East Sussex, but the new Full Fibre cables will bring greater reliability and faster speeds and will future proof the network for decades to come.
Openreach recognizes that more needs to be done to improve connectivity in East Sussex and has announced a number of “harder to reach” locations in the Lewes constituency including: Barcombe, Newhaven, Newick, Ringmer and Wivelsfield Green.
Kieran Wines, Openreach’s Regional Partnership Director for the South East said “Nobody in the UK is building Full Fibre faster, further or at a higher quality than Openreach. We’re reaching more communities – in rural, urban and coastal areas - than ever and our team of highly skilled engineers, alongside our build partners, are working hard to deliver some of the fastest and most reliable broadband available anywhere in the world.”
“Better broadband is much needed across East Sussex and we’re proud to be upgrading so many homes and businesses in the county. We’ll publish further location details and timescales on our website as the detailed surveys and planning are completed and the build progresses. In the meantime, don’t forget that you can also check what’s already available on our website - tens of thousands of homes and businesses across the South East can already access Full Fibre.”
Maria Caulfield MP said “The past 16 months have shown us how essential good connectivity is for our working and home lives. Reliable broadband is more vital now than it has ever been. Full Fibre not only gives better speeds but is more resilient in bad weather, vital for a rural community. It is good to see this work progressing and to hear of Openreach’s long term commitment to investment via their support to train the next generation of engineers”.
With download speeds of 1 Gbps, ultrafast Full Fibre is up to 10 times faster than the average home broadband connection. That means faster game downloads, better quality video calls and higher resolution movie streaming.
You can also use multiple devices at once without experiencing slowdown – so more people in your household can get online at once. Even if the rest of your family are making video calls, streaming box sets or gaming online, all at the same time, you won’t experience stuttering, buffering or dropouts.
The plans also include an extension to the company’s biggest ever recruitment drive, with a further 1,000 new roles being created in 2021 on top of the 2,500 jobs which were announced in December 2020 – of which around 341 were in the South East. This means that by the end of 2021, Openreach will have created and filled more than 9,000 apprenticeship roles since 2017/18.