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Openreach is becoming increasingly frustrated by businesses in the City of London slowing down its efforts to deploy fibre-to-the-premises broadband.

This is the view of Catherine McGuinness, Chairman of Policy and Resources at the City of London, who said the lack of engagement from businesses is "a highly frustrating matter" for the infrastructure body.

In a letter seen by City A.M., Ms McGuinness said Openreach had "undertook to prioritise the City to make the necessary investment to deliver a wholesale network".

Furthermore, she stressed that the City Corporation has been a long-standing advocate of improving connectivity in the Square Mile.

"Without sufficient take-up, there is a real danger that this opportunity could fall away with Openreach having to concentrate their efforts elsewhere in the UK, given their national roll out plans of FTTP and the delivery targets put in place by government," Ms McGuinness said.

Ministers are keen to ensure that 15 million homes and businesses have access to full-fibre broadband by 2025.

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