Openreach has today (May 28) announced details of a new roll-out of ultrafast broadband to 110,000 homes and businesses in Cornwall.

It is part of a nationwide drive which will see upgrades to more than three million premises across the UK.

A total of 52 exchanges across the Duchy are being upgraded, with the majority of homes and businesses in places such as Kilkhampton, Lostwithiel, Mevagissey, Polperro, St Day, St Just and Stenalees set to benefit.

The company’s updated build plan will be fundamental to the UK Government achieving its target of delivering ‘gigabit-capable broadband’ to 85% of UK by 2025.

Connie Dixon, Openreach’s regional director for the south west, said: “This is a hugely complex, nationwide engineering project – second only to HS2 in terms of investment.

“It will help level-up the UK because the impact of full fibre broadband stretches from increased economic prosperity and international competitiveness, to higher employment and environmental benefits. We’re also delighted to continue bucking the national trend by creating more jobs in the region, with apprentices joining in their droves to start their careers as engineers.”