PONTELAND is embracing the high-speed internet revolution with the strongest demand for superfast broadband of any community in the North East.
BT announced this week that the number of premises in the region now able to access the fibre network has just passed half a million and Ponteland is leading the way with hundreds of local homes and businesses using the service.
More than one in five customers in the area who could get fibre optic broadband are already benefiting from the technology, which can see internet speeds increase to up to 80Mbps, and demand is still continuing to grow.
Guy Opperman MP, whose constituency covers Ponteland, said: “The roll out of fibre-based broadband is important for communities across the North East and I’m delighted to see that process is well underway.
“It is vital that we also take of advantage of the technology as it arrives. Residents and businesses in Ponteland have understood the benefits fibre broadband can bring them and are now experiencing those benefits for themselves.”
The technology is now available to more than 15 million UK premises, including around 5,000 in Ponteland and more than 500,000 across the North East, and more than 1.5 million UK homes and businesses are now using high-speed fibre broadband.
Farooq Hakim, BT’s regional director for the North East, said: “The take-up rate in Ponteland of more than 22 per cent is hugely encouraging. It is one of the highest percentages not just in the North East but across the whole of the UK and demand is still growing.
“It’s a good indication of the kind of appetite that exists for fibre broadband in our local communities and with plenty of choice of suppliers and very competitive pricing, I would urge local people across the region to take advantage and get connected.”
For more details about the technology, visit www.superfast-openreach.co.uk