Devon areas to benefit from Openreach’s huge broadband upgrade

Openreach has announced it is upgrading a further eight towns and villages in Devon as part of its commercial investment in digital infrastructure across the UK. People living in Hatherleigh, Chulmleigh, Tedburn St Mary and five additional locations are next in line for full fibre broadband.

They join the nearly 300,000 homes and businesses across the county which already have access to the UK’s most reliable broadband technology, thanks to Openreach’s work. Across the UK, the company has published updated plans to build full fibre broadband to a record 517 additional locations – covering a further 2.7[1] million homes and businesses.

Martin Williams, Openreach’s regional director for the South West, said: “This is a huge infrastructure success story across the region. No company is building faster or further in Europe, that we’re aware of. We won’t be stopping either. We plan to build even further across the region, to more cities and towns, and our most rural communities.

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“And our engineers, of which 3,100 live in the region, are doing this at a rapid pace - despite this being a hugely complex engineering project. Our fibre checker has the latest information about our work in your area, but only 36% of premises across Devon which can order a new ultrafast service have done so, as upgrades aren’t automatic. Once Full Fibre is available where you live, you’ll need to place an order with a provider of your choice to get connected and we’ll do the rest!

“Openreach’s network offers the widest choice of providers such as BT, Sky, TalkTalk, Vodafone and Zen – which means people have lots of choice and can get a great deal.”

The work is part of Openreach’s £15 billion project to upgrade the UK’s broadband infrastructure - making gigabit-capable technology available to 25 million homes and businesses by the end of 2026, including 6.2 million in harder to reach more remote and rural areas.

More than 4.7 million homes and businesses across the UK have already upgraded to Full Fibre and demand continues to flow, with more than 50,000 orders being placed each week. Openreach has also refreshed its online map and postcode checker to give a clearer, regularly updated view of its plans and progress between now and 2026.

The map now shows the levels of current and future expected full fibre coverage as of today, taking data from all of its build programmes, whilst the postcode checker continues to offer the most personalised view of the connectivity available to an individual home or business. Further updates will be provided as any additional locations are added in future.

You can view the map here