Esther McVey MP Visits Knutsford to Witness Openreach’s Ultrafast Broadband Build

Openreach, the UK’s premier digital network provider, has embarked on an ambitious project to establish an ultrafast broadband network in Knutsford. This development promises to offer residents and businesses access to some of the fastest and most reliable broadband services in Europe.

The Full Fibre broadband upgrade, a once-in-a-generation opportunity, will empower thousands of local residents and businesses to connect multiple devices at gigabit-capable speeds. This will not only enhance their internet experience but also facilitate online trading and competition for decades to come.

Tatton MP, Esther McVey, took a proactive role by visiting Knutsford to meet with Openreach’s chief engineers. During her visit, she gained firsthand insights into the innovative engineering techniques being employed to deliver ultrafast and ultra-reliable full fibre broadband across her constituency.

Esther McVey toured the worksite and received a comprehensive update on the progress of the broadband build, which has already benefited more than 225,000 homes and businesses in Cheshire. This includes the first 1,000 residences and commercial establishments in Knutsford that have now gone live with the new broadband infrastructure.

Reflecting on her visit, Tatton MP Esther McVey stated, “It was great to see first-hand the technology that will be used to deliver ultrafast broadband to Knutsford. I know from conversations I have had with both residents and businesses how important connectivity is and know they will really benefit from this increase in speed.”

She further emphasized her commitment to advocating for improved broadband services across her constituency, both in public and private forums, to ensure that her constituents can access fast and reliable broadband.

The Full Fibre broadband initiative delivers more than just speed. It offers enhanced reliability, resilience, and future-proof connectivity. This translates to fewer network faults, more predictable and consistent speeds, and the capacity to effortlessly accommodate the growing data demands of the digital age.

Residents stand to enjoy a plethora of online services and entertainment options, including seamless streaming and smooth online gaming experiences. For businesses, it ensures a broadband connection capable of supporting all day-to-day critical tasks, from video calls to banking and customer interactions on social media platforms.

Local residents can stay updated on the broadband deployment progress by visiting They can also check when these services will be available in their chosen provider.

Dane Packer, Openreach Senior Engineering Manager, who hosted the visit, noted, “We welcomed the opportunity to give a step-by-step demonstration of our technology, as well as an update on the build. Our local teams work hard every day to keep communities across Cheshire connected, and it was great to be able to share the challenges and realities of delivering this life-changing infrastructure.”

He further assured residents that Openreach is committed to minimizing disruptions during this major infrastructure upgrade by employing the latest technology and strategies to optimize network installations.

Openreach’s ultrafast Full Fibre network already reaches over 225,000 properties in Cheshire, encompassing thousands of residents and businesses in Alderley Edge and Wilmslow who already have access to this transformative technology. Future investments are planned in locations such as Audlem, Disley, Pickmere, Runcorn East, Warrington, and Wybunbury, demonstrating Openreach’s ongoing commitment to expanding access to ultrafast broadband across the region.

Jonny Rae

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