MORE than 15,000 homes and businesses in Bingley and Ilkley are set to get access to full-fibre broadband.

Openreach has announced an investment of £4.5 million across the two towns.

They join 15 other towns and villages in the Bradford area already included in the company's build plans. 

Earlier today, Openreach announced it had reached the halfway point of its nationwide plan to reach 25 million premises with its full-fibre broadband network by the end of 2026.

Clive Selley, Openreach CEO said: “This is a national infrastructure project that’s a genuine success story.

"We’re delivering engineering on an epic scale, on time and on budget – and that’s thanks to a supportive policy environment which has led to huge investment and competition throughout the UK’s telecoms sector.

“From a standing start just a few years ago, we’ve now made this life-changing technology available to 12.5 million premises and counting and we’re building faster than any operator I’m aware of in Europe.

“Our build rate is still accelerating and it’ll take us half the time to reach our next 12.5 million. But we won’t be stopping there.

"Ultimately, we’ll reach up to 30 million premises by the end of the decade - unlocking a raft of economic and social benefits by supporting new models of commerce, healthcare and public services.”