Openreach has teamed up with Redrow Homes to bring FTTH to around 3,000 UK properties.

The co-investment deal with the housing developer will see the BT-owned infrastructure provider deploy pure fibre technology in 14 existing estates across Yorkshire, the West Midlands, Warwickshire, Leicestershire, Devon, Wales and West Sussex.

The first residents will get access to the 80MBps service, up from 2MBps currently, by October next year.

Financial details of the deal were not disclosed.

Redrow Homes CEO John Tutte said: “When the homes at these sites were first planned – they were not within the scope of any commercial or government investment plans for fibre broadband.

“We saw the potential of a national co-funding agreement with Openreach for homes we’d previously built that had lower than average broadband speeds.

“We wanted to improve our customers’ experience in homes that don’t have the benefit of full fibre technology.

Openreach has an agreement in place with the UK Government and Home Builders Federation to provide fibre to all new housing developments of 30 properties or more as it looks to deliver on a promise to pass 2 million homes with FTTH by 2020.

In September, the company signed a co-investment deal with UK landlord Grosvenor to deploy FTTP to 600 homes and business in London.

However, Openreach Chairman Mike McTighe told European Communications last month that such deals would be tactical in nature.

The pressure is mounting on Openreach after Vodafone teamed up with rival CityFibre to connect up to five million premises to FTTH earlier this month.

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