Fibre spreading across county

The iNorthumberland superfast broadband project has unveiled a map which reveals the expected timescale for roll-out across the county.

It comes six months after the signing of the £18.9million deal between BT and Northumberland County Council to bring fibre broadband to 95 per cent of the county.

The map shows areas already able to get fibre broadband commercially, such as Alnwick, and areas due to be connected by the end of March 2014, which includes Amble.

It also highlights areas scheduled for connection by the end of 2014 and the end of 2015 respectively under the iNorthumberland programme. However, the map is at a high level and is for early indicative purposes only. It is not accurate to premise or postcode level and should not be interpreted as such.

There are large swathes of the county that are still listed as ‘currenly under evaluation’.

This is the so-called ‘final five per cent’, although these will see faster speeds as the scheme aims to deliver 2Mbps or more to all homes and businesses. According to the Ofcom UK Broadband Speeds Report in 2012, 15.9 per cent receive less than this.

Towards the end of the project, BT will also look to work with communities in the final five per cent to see if fibre can be extended further through innovative collaborative projects.

Coun Allan Hepple, policy board member responsible for regeneration at Northumberland County Council, said: “Superfast broadband is extremely important to the economic future of Northumberland.

“This map provides a visual summary of how we expect the broadband project to develop across the county, and we look forward to working closely with Arch, through iNorthumberland, to bring faster broadband speeds to even more communities.”

To view the full map and accompanying information, visit www.inorthumberland.org.uk/my-area