Openreach has joined forces with Huawei and Nokia to advance its Fibre First programme and the national rollout of FTTP technology which is targeted to reach three million UK homes and businesses by the end of 2020.
Huawei and Nokia are contracted to support Openreach's exchange based equipment with new electronics that will act as a digital gateway, managing and translating high speed data signals between customers' premises and the wider network.
Huawei has kicked off its part of the contract and Nokia is expected to start installing equipment from July next year.
Peter Bell, CTO & NGA Operations Director, Openreach, said: "We'll be going flat out to make FTTP available to three million homes by the end of 2020, and we want to reach 10 million by the mid-2020s. New technology will be integral to achieving that."