Recently connected areas

We’re pleased to advise that broadband upgrades have recently happened in parts of the locations listed in the table below.

This page was updated on the 20th October 2021 - build work for the next phase of the programme began recently, and further updates will be added during Autumn 2021 and beyond.


To see if you now have access to better broadband, please use the online checker.


If your premise has access to fibre broadband, you will need to order a fibre broadband service from a broadband provider.

There are a number of providers to choose from; most of these also offer bundles where you get phone, broadband and TV all for a fixed monthly fee. There are various comparison sites available to help you choose the best provider for you.

Once you have signed up, your retail service provider will arrange for an installation of your connection, and probably provide you with a wireless router, so you can access your internet via an Ethernet cable, or via roaming wirelessly around your house.


An engineer checking fibre cables


Openreach Commercial Programme: 'harder to reach' areas


Openreach have announced they are widening their commerical Full Fibre programme to include 200 'harder to reach' rural locations with a view to testing what is required to reach these areas at scale.

Three exchange areas in Suffolk are part of this investment:

  • Kentford
  • Bungay
  • Saxmundham

Openreach's aspiration is to provide the majority of premises within these exchanges with full fibre broadband. Openreach's engineers will be trialling a range of new tools and techniques as they work to bring fibre to these areas, these include diamond cutters and remote nodes.

In July 2020, Openreach announced they were adding more homes and businesses in rural areas and market towns to their national plans - Haverhill in Suffolk will now be covered by this plan: for more information, please go to Openreach's website

FTTP (Fibre to the Premises) connections


Table showing recent FTTP (Fibre to the Premises) connections
Exchange area Number of premises served
Bury St Edmunds 168
Claydon 50
Coney Weston 2
Diss 12
Felixstowe 61
Foxhall 6
Great Barton 21
Halesworth 42
Ilketshall 11
Ipswich 3
Kesgrave 16
Kessingland 63
Kirton 7
Leiston 2
Nacton 23
Needham Market 10
Rendham 7
Snape 23
Stanton 5
Stowmarket 23
Sudbury 7
Thurlow 3
Wickham Market 3


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