Salisbury is the first ultra-fast broadband city in the UK with "Fiber-to-the-Premises" technology available to 20,000 households
Salisbury was the first city in Britain today to have universal access to ultra-fast fiber broadband.
Openreach, BT's cable and wire division, expanded the network across the historic Wiltshire cathedral city in just under a year, providing 20,000 homes and Fiber-to-the-Premises (FTTP) technologies Companies.
This is far faster and more reliable than old-style copper compounds, which are often affected by the weather.
The ultra-fast fiber-to-the-premises broadband technology is available to 20,000 households and companies in the cathedral city of Salisbury
The FTTP network could help the UK economy recover from coronavirus as it could enable thousands of people to work remotely and start up businesses from home.
A study by the economic consultancy, the Center for Economics & Business Research, found that connecting South West England to full fiber broadband would bring the economy up to £ 4.3bn in the next five years.
James Tappenden, the Openreach director who led the project, said the introduction of FTTP would create thousands of jobs.
"These will be direct new roles for engineers, but there will also be indirect jobs as there is a massive supply chain," he said.
"We need vehicles, cables and even telegraph poles." He added that 2.7 million homes and business premises now have full fiber and that Openreach has a target of 4.5 million by the end of March and 20 million by the mid to late 2020s, or around two thirds of UK households.
Earlier this week, CityFibre, the country's third largest digital infrastructure platform, announced that it would create 10,000 jobs to drive the rollout of fiber.
Openreach invested £ 10 million in the Salisbury project, which presented some unique challenges due to its world-famous architecture.
Ways to convert the old analog telephone network to a new digital service were also tested in Salisbury so that voice calls can be carried over the same fiber optic cables as broadband instead of traditional copper wires.
So far, only 800 households have switched to the service. Starting in December, households upgrading or changing their broadband can only take a full fiber product when copper runs out.
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