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Better broadband for thousands of North London homes

Openreach is installing “ultrafast, ultra-reliable” full fibre broadband to 517 more locations across the UK

An Openreach engineer

Parts of North London are set to benefit from the rollout of new broadband infrastructure.

Openreach, the UK’s largest wholesale broadband network, published updated plans to build “ultrafast, ultra-reliable” full fibre broadband to 517 more locations across the UK – covering a further 2.7million homes and businesses.

Included on the list of areas set to benefit are Barnet, Colindale, Hendon, Cricklewood, Golders Green, Enfield, Palmers Green, Muswell Hill and Ponders End.

The work is part of Openreach’s £15billion 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 rural areas.

Clive Selley, Openreach chief executive, said: “This is a UK infrastructure success story. We’re on track and on-budget to make this life-changing broadband technology available to 25 million homes and businesses, and no company is building faster or further in Europe, that we’re aware of.


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“We won’t be stopping there either. We plan to build right across the UK, from cities and towns to far-flung farms and island communities. Ultimately, we’ll reach as many as 30 million premises by the end of the decade if there’s a supportive political and regulatory environment.

“Over time, we’ve learnt to deliver predictably, consistently and at a rapid pace – despite this being a hugely complex national engineering project. That gives us confidence to be even clearer about our build plans, and we want to be as transparent as possible about where and when we’re building.

“Today we’re publishing more detail than ever about the places we’re building in now, and the communities we’ll be upgrading next.”

Openreach has also taken the opportunity to refresh its online map and postcode checker to give the public a clearer, regularly updated view of its plans and progress between now and 2026.


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