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South Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire play leading role in Britain achieving broadband target

Broadband targetThe two areas were praised for their part in Great Britain achieving the target

South Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire have already surpassed the national average. South Yorkshire has reached more than 95 per cent coverage, and over 550,000 households and businesses having access to superfast speeds of 24Mbps and above over the Openreach fibre network. And North Lincolnshire has reached more than 97 per cent coverage, with about 128,000 households and businesses now having access to superfast speeds.

Access to superfast broadband across South Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire continues to increase, largely thanks to Openreach’s commercial rollout and the multi-million pound Superfast South Yorkshire and North Lincs partnerships.

Derek Richardson, Programme Director Yorkshire and the Humber for Openreach, which employs around 2,200 engineers and other workers in the region, said: “This is a great news for both the country and for the region. For a number of years, the two regions have led the way with the roll-out of this exciting technology, which is providing a major boost for the economy. We have some of the highest superfast coverage figures, which is a tribute to the hard work of local engineers and the success of both programmes. The multi million pound schemes have been two of the largest and most complex engineering projects in the area over recent years and they are great examples of the public and private sectors working effectively together. We have managed to bring new services to areas which fall outside the private sector’s commercial programme and we’re determined to go further. Openreach is continuing to work with its public sector partners, to get faster broadband to even more locations.”

Nationally, Openreach Chief Executive Clive Selley today recognised the “huge contribution” of more than 9,300 Openreach people across the UK following a Government announcement that 95 per cent of the country can now order superfast broadband speeds of at least 24 Megabits per second (Mbps). Openreach has rolled out more than 35 million kilometres of fibre optic cables in an initiative taking more than 145 million man hours.