Openreach says around 334,000 other West Midlands homes and businesses are expected to receive an investment of around Â£ 134million.
The UK’s largest broadband network provider is extending service to towns and villages in Shropshire, Staffordshire, Worcestershire and the Greater West Midlands, including Aldridge, Bloxwich, Penn, Sedgley and Tettenhall.
Work in places like Rugeley, Shrewsbury, Stafford, Telford and parts of Walsall and Wolverhampton will take place by 2026, with the full list of locations and deadlines posted on the Openreach website.
The news follows a similar announcement last month, when 185,000 premises – in 82 predominantly rural and harder-to-serve areas across the region – were also included in Openreach’s construction plan.
Both announcements build on Openreach’s existing work in the region, where nearly 500,000 homes and businesses can already order ultra-fast fiber-optic broadband.
Following a competitive bidding process, a number of partners, including MAP Group and Telent, have been selected by Openreach to support the upgrades and will play a crucial role in building the new network. thousands of locals in these locations.
Kasam Hussain, Regional Director of Openreach for the West Midlands, said: âNo one in the UK builds complete fiber faster, further or at a better quality than Openreach. We are reaching more communities than ever before and our team of highly trained engineers, alongside our construction partners, work hard to provide one of the fastest and most reliable broadband services available anywhere in the world.
âLast month we announced that 82 rural and hard-to-reach locations in the West Midlands are going to benefit, so it’s great that we can reveal another huge increase in broadband for the region with these additional locations.
âThe latest details and schedules are available on our website as construction planning progresses. “