MORE Cumbrian towns are set to receive ultrafast broadband as part of major connectivity upgrade plans.

On Friday Openreach outlined plans to build ultrafast full fibre broadband to at least three million more homes and businesses – including around 100,000 in Cumbria - in some of the UK’s hardest to serve communities.

A total of 21 exchanges across the county are being upgraded, including Ulverston, Grange-over-Sands, Ambleside and Windermere.

With download speeds of 1 Gbps, residents can expect a service up to ten times faster than the average home broadband connection.

The plans also include an extension to the company’s biggest ever recruitment drive, with a further 1,000 new roles being created in 2021 on top of the 2,500 jobs which were announced in December 2020 – of which around 255 were in the North West.

Robert Thorburn, Openreach’s regional director for the North, said: “Building a new ultrafast broadband network across the North West is a massive challenge and some parts of the region will inevitably require public funding.

“But our expanded build plan means taxpayer subsidies can be limited to only the hardest to connect homes and businesses. And with investments from other network builders, we’d hope to see that shrink further.

“This is a hugely complex, nationwide engineering project.

“It will help level-up the UK because the impact of Full Fibre broadband stretches from increased economic prosperity and international competitiveness, to higher employment and environmental benefits.

“We’ll publish further location details and timescales on our website as the detailed surveys and planning are completed and the build progresses.”