Openreach chooses Cranfield for new rural broadband trial Image:Openreach

Trial is part of Openreach’s fibre-to-the-premises extension

Some of the fastest broadband in the UK is heading to the village of Cranfield. The village was named as one of 13 rural communities to benefit from a new broadband trial.

Openreach engineers will be testing a range of new tools and techniques as they install the latest ‘full’ fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) broadband. Once services are live, people living and working there will have access to download speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second (1Gbps).

Kim Mears, Openreach’s managing director for Infrastructure, said:

“This is a really important trial for Openreach and it’s great that Bedfordshire is set to play a leading role. We understand the importance of bringing great connectivity to rural communities, and as well as providing fantastic broadband for people living in Cranfield, we hope this provides us with the platform to extend our reach to hundreds of thousands more rural premises in the coming years.

“We have already done a lot in Bedfordshire, through our various partnerships and by joining forces with a number of communities who’ve asked to work directly with us. But we know there is more to do and we can’t waited to get started.”

The trial is part of Openreach’s ambition to extend its FTTP network into areas that were considered more difficult or expensive for the private sector to upgrade commercially.

The rural pilot locations have been carefully chosen to be representative of a much wider number across the UK. Various factors are considered, including size, location, the extent, quality and make-up of the existing network and access to newly-skilled engineers in the area.

People interested in upgrading their broadband can see what’s available in their area by entering their postcode into Openreach’s online fibre checker.