Tens of thousands of homes and businesses across Liverpool and the Wirral can now access some of the fastest broadband speeds in the country, thanks to a multi-billion-pound investment by  Openreach – the UK’s largest phone and broadband network builder.

The company is on-track to make future-proof, full fibre connections available to more than four million premises by March 2021, and ultimately wants to reach the majority of the UK.

Liverpool and the Wirral are two of dozens of new locations where work has already started to make  Openreach Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) broadband network available – laying fibre-optic cables all the way from the local exchange to people’s front doors

Fibre is resilient. It’s smaller, lighter and more durable than copper cabling and less vulnerable to damage. It’s also future-proof, which means it will serve generations to come and won’t need to be upgraded for decades.

While fibre is the future, Openreach’s copper network still plays a huge role in connecting the UK. In fact, it’s available to more than 30 million households – so Openreach continues to proactively invest millions of pounds to maintain it and help prevent faults.

To make an informed decision about your home or business internet service, it’s important to know the differences between fibre and copper connectivity. This includes how much bandwidth each option provides, and how it will serve your need for data in the present and future.

There’s no doubt the demand for faster, more reliable broadband speeds is growing. Every year, Openreach experiences a staggering 40% increase in the amount of data passing through its network.