VM02 teams with Telford Council to create full fibre network

Telford and Wrekin Council has announced a partnership with Virgin Media O2 Business to develop a fibre network spanning 200 buildings across towns in the Shropshire region.

The partnership programme will see VMO2 deliver a multimillion-pound boost to connectivity infrastructure and digital inclusion by providing access to a full fibre network in schools, libraries, council premises and other public buildings in Telford, Newport and Wellington.

According to VMO2, the introduction of new cabling will also lay the foundations for a further 12,000 local premises not currently connected to a fixed network to access ultrafast fibre services in the future. The new infrastructure will enable additional wholesale connectivity partnerships allowing other providers to deliver full fibre to the premises (FTTP) services in Telford and Wrekin.

Councillor Rae Evans, Telford & Wrekin Council’s cabinet member for finance, said: “This investment will see improved connectivity at council buildings, public offices, schools and libraries across the borough, making it easier for us to do business as a council, and easier for people to access our services online.

“We know that this investment will have a real impact on the lives of people across Telford and Wrekin, and make sure that residents and business alike have access to fast, full fibre broadband, as we continue our commitment to protect, care and invest to create a better borough.”

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