Detchant in the Wi-Fi fast lane
iNorthumberland, a partnership between Northumberland County Council and BT Group, have worked with the community of Detchant to provide residents with access to superfast fibre broadband.
Originally Detchant was not part of the iNorthumberland fibre roll out and the community therefore applied for fibre broadband through the Community Fibre Scheme.
Working with the iNorthumberland team and the part of Openreach responsible for the iNorthumberland roll out it was possible to adapt planned work in the Belford area to ensure Detchant was included. As a result the community can now access download speeds of up to 80 Mbps, compared with under 2Mbps previously.
Resident Malcolm Stanton said: “I’m very pleased to have had the assistance of iNorthumberland in bringing superfast broadband to Detchant. Residents and businesses are now able to access broadband speeds of up to 80 Mbps and we are very pleased with the significant improvement.”
Berwick MP Anne-Marie Trevelyan, who has been campaigning for rural areas to have better access to superfast broadband, met villagers who are delighted by the installation which will also serve the area around the village.
She said: “This is great news for the Detchant area and our rural communities. We are getting more and more villages connected to superfast broadband, and I am pushing ministers to recognise the challenges faced by our more rural communities and the additional help needed to ensure everyone gets connected.
“I continue to have regular meetings with the council and Openreach to talk about how and when they can connect areas yet to be covered by superfast. I will keep pushing until everyone is able to access this service.”
Superfast broadband has already been made available to over 55,000 premises across Northumberland. More than 55% of Northumberland businesses and households who are able to upgrade to the new technology have already chosen to do so, giving the county one of the highest take up figures in the UK.
Coun Nick Oliver, cabinet member for corporate services at Northumberland County Council, said: “Securing fibre broadband in more areas throughout Northumberland, such as Detchant, through the Community Fibre Scheme allows residents and businesses in more rural areas to access faster and more reliable connections, allowing greater adoption of digital services for rural residents and businesses.”
Mike Reynolds, senior project manager at Openreach said: “A solution for Detchant was enabled through key information sharing with both the local community and the iNorthumberland team.
“Fibre broadband is transformative for home and business and it is great to see Detchant is now part of the superfast coverage story in Northumberland”.