A history of UK broadband roll out: BT, Openreach and other major milestones

From delayed government schemes to the split of BT Openreach, we take a look back at the history of broadband roll out in the UK


With telecoms regulator Ofcom announcing that BT must legally split from its infrastructure arm Openreach, the broadband industry is set for more changes. Rival internet service providers such as Virgin and TalkTalk could experience healthier competition and faster upgrades to their infrastructure for the first time since its launch in 2006. 

The UK's broadband roll out has been a bumpy one since it was launched in 2000, with the government failing to deliver on delivery promises and some internet services still yet to reach rural communities. Read on to find out about the major milestones in the UK's broadband roll out...

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