Broadband gets into top gear

FASTER broadband access will be available in Morpeth in an upgrade of facilities.

BT has announced plans to roll out its next generation broadband service to a further 22,500 homes and businesses in Northumberland, including Morpeth.

The service will be delivered over copper lines, which are due to be upgraded by next spring.

The investment will make available download speeds of up to 20 megabits per second — more than double the speed currently available from BT in the area. More than 84,500 properties in the county already have access to the faster service, including Ulgham, which was one of the most recent communities to go live.

By next spring about 87 per cent of homes and businesses in the North East will be served by an upgraded exchange.

BT Regional Director Chris Sayers said: “The rapid roll-out of faster broadband offers a great opportunity for Northumberland and the North East as a whole.

“It is an important part of BT’s plans to help ensure that the region is able to take full advantage of the communications revolution.”

The investment is in addition to BT’s £2.5billion roll-out of fibre-based broadband in the UK.