Salisbury may be a city known for its historical past, but it has more than an eye on the future. Salisbury has become the first full-fibre broadband city in the UK.
In 2020, Openreach made Salisbury its first full-fibre broadband city in the UK, giving access to the future-proof Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) technology.
More than 22,000 homes and businesses are now able to take advantage of the super-charged broadband network following a multimillion-pound investment by the UK’s digital network builder.
In the next step of the programme, residents and businesses will no longer be able to buy a traditional copper landline or broadband product, and instead will only be able to order FTTP broadband technology. Eventually, it will mean all voice calls are carried over the same fibre cables as broadband, instead of over copper wires.
As part of the deployment of the network in Salisbury’s medieval city centre, Openreach engineers were the first in the world to use new super-small “connectorised” block terminals that discreetly connect fibre cables to people’s homes. The slimline units are designed to connect up to eight premises in one go, without having to erect new poles.
They also blend in with surroundings, helping to preserve the character of Salisbury’s historic buildings and make the city one of the best connected in the UK.
Salisbury's full-fibre broadband makes the city a great place to do business.