Bay included in £112 million broadband investment boost

Joseph Bulmer

Two areas in Torbay are included in Openreach's latest investment in the South West's broadband network worth £112 million.

Around 280,000 more South West homes and businesses are set to benefit from the broadband boost.

People living and working in parts of Bristol, Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire are all set to benefit from the company’s national upgrade plan, with the majority of premises in each area gaining access to the latest ultrafast, ultra-reliable Full Fibre broadband.

Homes in Shiphay, Torquay, and Collaton, Paignton, are included.

The news comes hot on the heels of a similar announcement last month, when 440,000 premises - in 181 mainly rural and harder to serve areas across the South West- were also included in the build plan.

Both announcements build on Openreach’s existing work in the region, where more than 480,000 homes and businesses can already order ultrafast, ultra-reliable Full Fibre broadband.

The boost for Shiphay is part of a £34 million investment in Devon with a £29 million lion's share of the spending in Plymouth.

Following a competitive tender process, a number of partners including Telent and Kier, were chosen by Openreach to support the upgrades and will play a crucial role in building the new network to thousands of premises in these locations

Connie Dixon, Openreach’s Regional Director for the South West, said: “We’re reaching more communities than ever and our team of highly skilled engineers, alongside our build partners, are working hard to deliver some of the fastest and most reliable broadband available anywhere in the world."

Barry McNicholas, Group Managing Director of Kier Utilities, said: “We are proud to working with Openreach to deliver full fibre broadband in locations across the UK."

Ric Welsby, Managing Director of Telent Infrastructure Services, said: “The long-term contracts we have been awarded allow us to recruit the people we need to provide an excellent service to Openreach. We have many exciting roles to fill, I would encourage anyone who is interested in working on this important national infrastructure project to visit”

Openreach plays an important role across the South West region. More than 3,400 of its people live and work here.