- Some towns and villages in Craven and Wharefedale are set to benefit from full fibre broadband
- Over the next four years, it will be installed in Skipton, Otley, Settle, Cross Hills and Embsay
- Openreach say they hope the improvements will boost the ‘post-Covid economic recovery’ in those areas
Openreach have outlined plans to make ultra-reliable and gigabit-capable full fibre broadband available to homes and businesses in and around a number of towns and villages in Craven and Wharfedale.
The new locations – Otley, Skipton, Settle, Cross Hills and Embsay – will be upgraded by Openreach, without taxpayer subsidy and it’s hoped having access to some of the fastest broadband speeds in Europe will boost their post-Covid economic recovery.
Work is expected to get under way in many of the announced locations within the next 12-18 months, although due to the size of the build, some places will see work continue into 2024.
The new locations are part of a wider announcement to make the new technology available to a further 3.2 million premises in the UK’s hardest to reach ‘final third’.
The build is at the forefront of a £12 billion investment, which will see Openreach’s ambition to build ‘Full Fibre’ infrastructure to 20 million premises throughout the UK by the mid-to-late 2020s.
Robert Thorburn, Openreach’s Partnership Director in the North of England, said:
“We’ve already upgraded tens of thousands of homes and business across Yorkshire and the Humber to full fibre. As well as keeping the existing network running throughout the Covid crisis, our engineers have safely and with social distancing in place, continued building the new infrastructure to make sure that as lockdown restrictions ease, our network is there to support families, businesses and the economic recovery.
“I’d encourage everyone to check if they can switch to the new technology, and if you can, get in touch with your broadband provider to find out more about the many benefits. ‘Full fibre’ is more reliable and more resilient meaning fewer faults and more predictable, consistent speeds. It is also ‘future-proof’ to easily meet the growing data demands of future technologies.”