Reepham is among 75 towns and villages in Norfolk and Suffolk set to benefit from upgraded broadband as part of a five-year project.
Openreach has outlined plans to build ultrafast full fibre broadband in some of the UK’s under-served communities, including around 380,000 homes and businesses in the East of England.
Kieran Wines, Openreach’s regional director for the East, said: “Building a new ultrafast broadband network across the East of England is a massive challenge and some parts of the region will inevitably require public funding.
“But our expanded build plan means taxpayer subsidies can be limited to only the hardest to connect homes and businesses. And with investments from other network builders, we’d hope to see that shrink further.”
Openreach has already made full fibre technology available to more than 4.7 million homes and business across the UK.
With download speeds of 1 Gbps, it is said to be up to 10 times faster than the average home broadband connection.
It means people can use multiple devices at once without experiencing slowdown, so more people in a household can get online simultaneously.
The plans also include an extension to the company’s biggest ever recruitment drive, with a further 1,000 new roles being created in 2021 in addition to the 2,500 jobs announced in December 2020, of which 295 were in the East of England.