Liverpool homes are set to benefit from a £250 million investment to bring 100Mbps internet access to the city.
Openreach has confirmed Liverpool will be included in the first tranche of a new programme to overhaul the internet infrastructure in cities around the UK.
According to the latest Ofcom study of fixed line home broadband ISP speeds across the UK, the average internet download rate is 36.2Mbps.
In a partnership with local company MJ Quinn, Openreach plans to replace the traditional copper wires which connect homes and businesses to the internet with high-speed fibre to significantly increase internet connections in Liverpool.
According to Liverpool City Council, the area’s citywide Landlord Licensing Scheme is among initiatives which have helped to attract the investment as it gives Liverpool more information about how to communicate with residents and landlords, in turn making it easier to install the new infrastructure.
As well as boosting internet speeds for homes and businesses around Liverpool, the project is also expected to create up to 60 local apprenticeships.
Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson, who was involved in negotiations with Openreach, says: “I’m delighted to negotiate our city’s place in this first tranche, creating jobs, apprentices and transforming our internet infrastructure.
“This is a significant infrastructure investment and the partnership between the council, Openreach and MJ Quinn will give our city a huge boost. I wanted to make sure our city was at the forefront of this programme and committed to working with the other partners to make this happen here.”