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Openreach's consultation on building a large-scale fibre network across the country has been positively received by the broadband industry.

The infrastructure body has recently consulted with communications providers to identify the level of demand for a major full-fibre deployment.

Openreach believes a large-scale rollout can only happen if there is greater industry and political collaboration, with stakeholders working together to devise new investment, risk and cost-sharing models and migrate customers onto a new platform en masse.

The organisation has therefore hailed the enthusiastic response from respondents to its recent consultation.

Clive Selley, Chief Executive of Openreach, commented: "We believe that under the right conditions, we could build [fibre-to-the-premises] connections to ten million homes and businesses by the mid-2020s. 

"We want to do it, we think it's the right thing to do for the UK, but it's clear that we can't do it alone, so I'm encouraged to hear that our wholesale customers support our vision."

This comes after Digital Minister Matt Hancock confirmed the government wants to create "an attractive environment for private sector providers to increase their rollout of fibre connectivity".

The government has already announced a five-year 100 per cent business rates holiday for broadband providers that invest in a full-fibre network, as well as a £400 million Digital Infrastructure Investment Fund.

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