James Brokenshire has welcomed that Bexley has been included in Openreach’s first phase of its ‘Fibre to the Premises’ investment programme which will provide faster, more reliable broadband technology. During a visit to the Crayford Telephone Exchange in Bexley, James heard how the roll out of ultra fast broadband ‘Fibre to the Premises’ will connect pure fibre optic cables from the exchange straight to homes and businesses to provide optimum speed and performance. In contrast current ‘Fibre to the Cabinet’ provides optic cable to local cabinets from the exchange, but then uses copper wires to homes and businesses reducing potential capabilities at home.
On the visit, Openreach explained they are currently connecting fibre to residents and businesses served by the Crayford and Erith exchange and within the next three months will start the roll out from the Bexleyheath exchange. As part of the visit, James also had the chance to have a go at the practical connection work involved in linking the broadband network straight to homes and businesses by splicing fibres together.
Commenting, James said:
“Reliable, fast broadband is a modern necessity which underpins economic growth and allows homes to function in a digital age which is why I welcome the rollout of ultrafast broadband in Bexley. This is an investment in the future of this area for both businesses and residents alike.
“It was good to see the work in practice and to receive a briefing on the roll-out plan. I will, however, remain in contact with Openreach to ensure that we maximise the number of properties in the constituency benefitting from ultra fast broadband as part of the ‘Fibre to the Premises’ investment programme and ensure that Bexley is at the forefront of connectivity and digital readiness.”