Super-fast broadband is due to arrive in Berwick by spring next year, BT has announced.
Hundreds of homes and businesses in Alnwick got access to the high speed technology last week and this figure will increase to more than 4,000 as engineers complete the local upgrade in the weeks ahead.
Further communities including Berwick, Amble and Seaton Delaval are due to be upgraded and by the end of Spring 2014 more than 98,000 homes and businesses across the region will able to benefit as a result of BT’s £2.5 billion fibre roll-out programme.
Councillor Allan Hepple, policy board member for planning, housing and regeneration at Northumberland County Council, said: “Broadband is an essential part of our present and future. It’s vital that we embrace this latest generation of technology in order for our local economy to remain competitive.
“Better, faster communications boost businesses, helping them grow, and create more jobs. What’s more, local residents can enjoy faster browsing and downloading at home.”
BT is also working in partnership with Northumberland County Council to reach parts of Northumberland that lie outside its commercial footprint.
In April 2013 BT signed a £18.9 million deal to transform broadband speeds for businesses and residents across the county. The company is contributing £2.9 million towards fibre deployment in “non-commercial” areas with Northumberland County Council investing £7 million plus its £7 million share of BDUK. The remaining £2 million is coming from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) 2007 to 2013.
The project, iNorthumberland, will see 95 per cent of Northumberland homes and businesses gain access to fibre broadband speeds of up to 80Mbps 80Mbps and 330Mbps are wholesale speeds. ISPs may use different speeds in their advertising. Individual line speeds will depend on network infrastructure and the service chosen by the ISP by the end of January 2016.