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Superfast take-up is better than the national average

Dave Ledger, chairman of Arch, the Duchess of Northumberland, Graeme Stoker, digital director at Arch, and Bill Murphy, managing director next generation access at BT.

Dave Ledger, chairman of Arch, the Duchess of Northumberland, Graeme Stoker, digital director at Arch, and Bill Murphy, managing director next generation access at BT.

The take-up of superfast broadband in north Northumberland has exceeded the national average with residents taking advantage of the new technology.

And villagers in Lesbury are leading the way.

The Alnmouth exchange has seen three times the national average number of people sign up to superfast, and it is one of the most recently installed cabinets.

Rothbury’s cabinet on Station Road, which was launched in December, is closely following it with twice the national average taking the fibre option.

And across the rest of the patch, more than half the cabinets in each area have seen a higher than average take-up.

In Alnwick four out of five are above average, in Rothbury it is three out of five.

Both of Alnmouth’s cabinets are exceeding the level and five out of seven in Amble are also doing so.

A spokeswoman for BT said: “Take up is going well in north Northumberland.

“The majority of cabinets are exceeding the national average in takeup compared to both BT commercial areas and broadband delivery UK areas.

“The good people of Northumberland clearly want and need this technology.”

Not all premises attached to each cabinet will be connected immediately as the roll-out happens on a cabinet-by-cabinet basis.

 

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