BT engineers ‘go extra mile’ to meet fibre deadline

BT engineers ‘go extra mile’ to meet fibre deadlineTwo BT engineers have gone the extra mile – or five kilometres to be exact – to ensure superfast broadband is available to homes and businesses in Stepping Hill, near Manchester.

Just weeks before the planned ‘switch on’ in January, engineers had to install an extra 5km of fibre optic cable along the busy A6 to connect Stepping Hill and Stockport telephone exchanges.

Andy Wilson and John Leonard - engineers for BT’s local network business Openreach – worked during the early hours, into the night and at weekends for nearly three weeks to complete the job on time.

Thanks to their tireless efforts during some bitterly cold winter weather, they managed to keep disruption to commuters to an absolute minimum.

And thanks to them, people living and working in Stepping Hill are now among the first in the UK to benefit from BT’s roll-out of fibre-based broadband.

Said Mike Blackburn, BT’s North West regional director: “We are very proud of our engineers who have quite literally gone the extra mile to bring superfast broadband to the people of Stepping Hill.”