Super-fast broadband has arrived in Berwick this week, with 6,400 local homes and businesses set to benefit from BT’s £2.5 billion roll-out.
Around 4,800 homes and businesses in the town now have access to the high-speed technology – and the figure will increase to nearly 6,400 as Openreach engineers complete the local upgrade in the weeks ahead.
BT signed a £18.9 million deal last year to transform broadband speeds for businesses and residents across the county.
The project, iNorthumberland, will see 95 per cent of Northumberland homes and businesses gain access to fibre broadband speeds of up to 80Mbps2 by the end of January 2016.
Under current iNorthumberland plans Belford, Chathill, Crookham, Seahouses and Wooler are set to benefit during 2014 with further locations in Berwick upon Tweed to follow in 2015.
Simon Roberson, BT’s North East regional partnership director, said: “Our roll-out of fibre broadband is advancing across Northumberland with Berwick the latest place to benefit. More than 2.4 million homes and businesses across the UK are already using Openreach’s new fibre network via a range of retailers, bringing speed and choice to the UK. Many local businesses and residents in Berwick now have the opportunity to join them.”
The news has been welcomed by Berwick Chamber of Trade. John Haswell, chairman, said: “Super-fast fibre broadband in Berwick offers huge benefits to local residents and businesses and will help our local economy to flourish.”