HOMES and businesses in Kidderminster are a step closer to a major broadband boost thanks to a multi million pound investment.

People living and working in the town are due to be upgraded following Openreach's latest build announcement, with a new ultrafast ‘full fibre’ broadband network being built there.

The news comes as the digital network provider announces it has reached more than 6 million homes and businesses across the UK with Ultrafast Full Fibre, more than 500,000 of them in this region.

The plans are a further boost for the West Midlands as they follow news earlier this year that around 500,000 homes and businesses would be getting access to Openreach’s new network, including 185,000 in rural and harder to serve areas.

Connie Dixon, Openreach’s regional director for the West of England and Wales, said: “Good connectivity is vital – whether it’s to work from home, access education and care services, or for gaming and streaming entertainment – and that’s why we’re investing billions across the UK to upgrade our network to 25 million premises.

“Nobody’s building faster, further or to a higher standard than Openreach, and we’ve already reached six million homes and businesses with ultrafast full fibre technology, including around 500,000 in the West Midlands. It’s proving popular as well, with around 20 per cent already choosing to start using it.

“Our engineers and build partners are reaching more communities every week and we’re not just building in cities and urban areas. Many rural and hard to reach communities are already benefitting and we plan to reach many more in the coming months and years.”