Rossendale Welcomes Openreach’s Ultrafast Broadband Build with MP’s Visit

Openreach is on a mission to construct an ultrafast broadband network in Rossendale, providing residents and businesses access to cutting-edge broadband capabilities, ranking among the most reliable and fastest in Europe.

This once-in-a-generation Full Fibre broadband upgrade will empower local residents and businesses to connect numerous devices at gigabit-capable speeds, enabling seamless online trade and enhancing competitiveness for years to come.

Rossendale and Darwen MP, Jake Berry, recently visited the construction site to witness firsthand the innovative engineering techniques deployed to deliver ultrafast and ultra-reliable full fibre broadband across his constituency. The progress of this initiative is already evident, with over 290,000 homes and businesses in Lancashire, including the first 2,000 in Rossendale, now able to ‘go live’ with this advanced broadband service.

MP Jake Berry expressed his commitment to improving broadband speeds in Rossendale and Darwen, emphasizing the growing importance of fast and reliable broadband as more people work from home, start businesses, and stream content on multiple devices. The availability of high-quality broadband can even influence decisions on where to buy a house or establish a business, making Openreach’s investment in the community highly significant.

Full Fibre broadband offers enhanced connectivity characterized by its reliability, resilience, and future-proof capabilities. It boasts fewer faults, consistent speeds, and ample capacity to meet the ever-increasing demands for data.

Residents can anticipate enjoying a variety of online services and entertainment options, including seamless streaming and smooth online gaming experiences. For businesses, this upgrade ensures the certainty that their broadband can efficiently support critical day-to-day tasks like video calls, banking, and customer interactions via social media platforms.

Local residents can stay updated on the progress of this project by visiting and checking their addresses to determine when services become available from their chosen provider.

Steve King, Openreach’s Senior Network Manager for Lancashire and Cumbria, expressed the company’s commitment to minimizing disruptions during this significant infrastructure upgrade. Openreach will utilize its existing network of ducts and poles wherever possible to avoid roadworks and disturbances. However, in certain areas, the installation of new poles, underground ducts, and fiber cables may be necessary to ensure comprehensive coverage.

Openreach’s extensive ultrafast Full Fibre network in Lancashire currently serves more than 290,000 properties. This includes thousands of residents and businesses in Accrington, Bolton, Burnley, and Rochdale, who already benefit from this advanced technology. Openreach’s investment will continue to expand to other locations such as Bacup, Blackburn, Darwen, Turton, and Whitworth, underscoring the company’s commitment to enhancing broadband accessibility in the region.

Jonny Rae

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