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Freedom Fibre to invest £6.8M into upgrading Atherton's digital infrastructure

As Freedom Fibre works to create a continuous full-fibre network across the North West, the town of Atherton in the Borough of Wigan is the next location set to benefit from Freedom Fibre’s upgrade of the area’s digital infrastructure.

With £6.8M of investment covering the areas of Atherton, Over Hulton, Tyldesley, and Astley, approximately 22,000 households and 700 businesses will be able to connect to the UK’s fastest and most reliable broadband technology through Freedom Fibre’s partnership with award-winning value internet provider, TalkTalk.

With Atherton currently experiencing average download speeds of 64MB/s*, Freedom Fibre’s lightning-fast, full-fibre network will supercharge residents and small businesses by providing speeds of up to 900MB/s, with medium and large businesses able to access ethernet equivalent connectivity with speeds of up to 10GB/s. This will significantly bolster both the broadband speeds and the digital economy of the town, supporting Wigan Council’s Digital Strategy.

Among many other benefits, a full-fibre internet connection will allow residents of Atherton to work from home with confidence, as the future proofed network doesn’t rely on copper cables and is subsequently 5x more reliable than the current technology.** The network will also allow vulnerable residents to stay connected to vital services such as health, education, and social services, and will help lower instances of digital isolation.

On the upcoming build in Atherton, Freedom Fibre’s Chief Delivery Officer, Tony Moore, said:

“We are delighted to begin rolling out our full-fibre broadband network across Atherton. Whether you’re working from home, running a business, or staying connected with loved ones, our lightning-fast, full-fibre broadband will unleash so much potential for households and businesses in the area.”

Residents and businesses who would like to connect† can head to the Freedom Fibre website to register their interest and receive updates on when the service will be available.

For tenants and those living in multi-dwelling units, a wayleave agreement will be required from the landlord/property freeholder that enables Freedom Fibre to install, upgrade, repair, maintain or replace their telecommunications equipment in the property. More information on the wayleaves process can be found on the Freedom Fibre website.

*, 2023

** Based on data from Ofcom ‘Building a full-fibre future’ report 2018

†Network availability may vary in some areas

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