2012 – Openreach powers the Olympics
Our network was at the heart of the London Olympic and Paralympic games. Thanks to us around 19,000 athletes and officials at the Olympic Village in east London got broadband speeds of 100Mbps.
But 2012 wasn’t just about the Olympics. While GB athletes won medals and broke records, we continued to improve our services – in April we doubled the download speeds of our FTTC technology to up to 80Mbps.
In July we launched a range of FTTP products including some of the fastest wholesale services in the UK. And in November, we unveiled the world’s fastest high-speed broadband service at engineering firm Arcol UK Ltd in Cornwall.
We won 19 Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) bids to deliver fibre broadband in hard-to-reach areas. (BDUK is a Government plan to improve broadband in the UK.) And in December, less than six months after signing the contract, we connected the first BDUK customers in North Yorkshire.