19 December 2017
Thousands of homes across the UK are set to see their broadband speeds increase following a new partnership between Openreach and Redrow Homes.
Under a co-funded deal worth more than £350m, Openreach and Redrow will connect 3,000 properties on existing developments in Yorkshire, West Midlands, Warwickshire, Leicestershire, Devon, Wales and West Sussex.
The first tranche of residents will have superfast broadband by next October and gain access to speeds of up to 80Mbps where previously they typically had less than 2Mbps. All the FTTP deployments are due to be completed by the end of 2018.
While the 3,000 homes were built before FTTP was widely available free of charge to developers, Redrow says all future homes will benefit from full fibre technology as standard. Openreach adds that it has now has an agreement in place with the government and the Home Builders Federation to provide free ultrafast fibre broadband infrastructure to all new housing developments of 30 properties or more.
Furthermore, the company has teamed up with property firms across the UK to ensure new homeowners get instant access to their high-speed broadband on the day they move in.
According to a recent survey by Redrow, 98 per cent of people believe high-speed broadband is the second most important factor for social well-being in their community after GP surgeries.