First phase of fibre rollout complete

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The first phase of the county’s iNorthumberland scheme has been completed with more than 52,500 homes and businesses now able to access fibre-broadband speeds.

Survey and planning work is already well under way on the second phase of the roll-out with the first homes and businesses expected to be connected in the late summer.

This additional £4.1million investment will bring fibre-broadband speeds within reach of a further 3,700 homes and businesses across the county by June 2017.

Across Morpeth, Ponteland and the surrounding area, hundreds more people living and working in locations such as Meldon Park, Netherwitton, Tranwell Woods, Hebron, Prestwick Park Business Centre, Medburn and Widdrington will soon be enjoying the benefits of faster broadband.

Coun Dave Ledger, deputy leader of Northumberland County Council, said: “The council is playing a pivotal role in bringing superfast broadband to homes and businesses across Northumberland and has been pleased to make such a significant investment in this important service.

“The roll-out programme has not been without its challenges and, with the first phase now complete, we will next be tackling some of the most difficult-to-reach, rural locations in the county. I am looking forward to seeing more communities benefiting during this next phase and even that is most certainly not the end of the story.”

Simon Roberson, BT’s regional partnership director for the North East, said: “Since the first green fibre street cabinet went live in January 2014, hundreds of kilometres of underground fibre optic cable has been laid and 219 new cabinets installed in what is one of the county’s largest civil engineering projects in recent years.”