Leyburn to get ultrafast full-fibre broadband

Night time fibre cabling work.

Leyburn is to get a new ultrafast full fibre broadband as part of a £24m investment by Openreach.

Ultrafast can deliver speeds of 1 Gbps, which is up to ten times faster than the average home broadband connection.

Openreach said that meant faster game downloads, better quality video calls and higher resolution movie streaming.

The town is one of six communities in the region to benefit from the work.

It was announced in May that the Richmond exchange would also be upgrade to full-fibre.

Cloughton, Grimsby, Patrington, Scunthorpe and Tollerton will also see their network upgraded.

Robert Thorburn, Openreach’s regional director for the North, said: “Good connectivity is vital – whether it’s to work from home, access education and care services, or for gaming and streaming entertainment – and that’s why we’re investing billions across the UK to upgrade our network to 25 million premises.

“Nobody’s building faster, further or to a higher standard than Openreach, and we’ve already reached six million homes and businesses with ultrafast full fibre technology, including more than 440,000 in Yorkshire and the Humber. It’s proving popular as well, with tens of thousands already choosing to start using it.

“Our engineers and build partners are reaching more communities every week and we’re not just building in cities and urban areas. Many rural and hard to reach communities are already benefitting and we plan to reach many more in the coming months and years.”

Openreach says its engineers will make the technology available to as many people as possible throughout the UK and work will continue between now and 2026, with the full list of locations and timescales being updated regularly on the Openreach website.

The company said its plans were fundamental to the UK Government achieving its target of delivering ‘gigabit capable’ broadband to 85 per cent of UK by 2025.

The company plans to reach a total of 25 million premises by the end of December 2026, including more than six million in the hardest-to-serve parts of the country defined by industry regulator Ofcom.