Nearly 19,000 people are in line for a huge full fibre broadband upgrade plan.

The upgrade will be carried out by Openreach across Farnworth and will join six other telephone exchanges across Bolton that have already been included in the build plans.

Adding Farnworth to the scheme means that all telephone exchanges across Bolton are set to be upgraded.

Openreach regional director for the North Robert Thorburn said: “This is a huge infrastructure success story across Bolton.

“No company is building faster or further in Europe, that we’re aware of.

Openreach says it plans to extend full fibre all over the countryOpenreach says it plans to extend full fibre all over the country (Image: Openreach)

“We won’t be stopping either.

"We plan to build even further, to more towns, villages and our most rural communities.

“And our engineers are doing this at a rapid pace, despite this being a hugely complex engineering project.”

Full fibre allows people to access much faster broadband services, which will give them much quicker access to the internet with much less buffering time and delays at busier times.

This will make it easier to use the internet for work, shopping or entertainment.

Openreach says that more than 52,000 homes and businesses in the Bolton area already have access to the latest broadband technology.

This comes amid a £15billion Openreach project to upgrade broadband infrastructure all over the country.

This will involve building full fibre at  517 more locations covering a further 2.7M homes and businesses.

Openreach says it aims to make gigabit-capable technology available to 25 million homes and businesses by the end of 2026.

This will include 6.2 million in harder to reach more remote and rural areas.

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The company says that nationwide, more than 4.7 million homes and businesses have already upgraded to full fibre with more than 50,000 orders being placed each week.

Mr Thorburn said: “Our fibre checker has the latest information about our work in your area. It’s also worth noting that upgrades aren’t automatic.

“Once full fibre is available where you live, you’ll need to place an order to get connected and we’ll do the rest!

“Openreach’s network offers the widest choice of providers such as BT, Sky, TalkTalk, Vodafone and Zen, which means people have lots of choice and can get a great deal.”