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Openreach has reduced the cost estimates it has given for its Community Fibre Partnerships.

The programme is designed to connect people in hard-to-reach areas to faster FTTC or FTTP broadband, with communities self-funding part of the deployment and the rest of the cost being covered by BT.

According to, Openreach has revised its overall payback assumptions for all community fibre partnerships, which in many cases are lower than originally thought.

For example, a project to upgrade two street cabinets with FTTC in the Maltings Park Estate in Essex had been set to cost the community £14,883. However, the target was later reduced to £11,783.

Earlier this year, BT confirmed that 200 communities are now using the partnership approach, with more than 20,000 premises throughout the UK benefiting.

The organisation expects this figure to rise to 40,000 in the coming months.


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