Project to transform connectivity in rural Northumberland making good progress

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Work to transform IT connectivity in rural Northumberland has begun.

Commsworld, an independent network provider, is working in partnership with Alncom, the Alnwick-based broadband expert.

It has delivered significantly enhanced connectivity, bandwidth and resilience to Alnwick in record time, as well as the village communities of Longframlington, Longhorsley and Longhoughton.

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The improvements mean that people now have access to ultrafast gigabit connectivity directly to their premises.

Commsworld is working to improve connectivity in rural Northumberland.Commsworld is working to improve connectivity in rural Northumberland.
Commsworld is working to improve connectivity in rural Northumberland.

The new services are the beginning of a complete overhaul of backhaul capacity to communities in harder-to-reach areas throughout the county.

The high capacity that these areas now enjoy will also allow Alncom to continue to deliver gigabit-capable broadband to village halls for free.

Steve Wood, group sales director, said: “We have delivered five optical connections in total, with one being put in place in just two weeks.

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"As a result, we together with Alncom are fulfilling our pledge to connect remote communities, situated anywhere in Northumberland, to high capacity, resilient, and future-proofed pure fibre connectivity.

“These new connections are just the beginning of Commsworld and Alncom’s vision to help provide all the socially inclusive benefits that better broadband connections bring to schools, businesses, community organisations and resident groups in not only Northumberland but also to the most remote rural areas across the country.”

The partnership’s successful delivery marks the continuation of Alncom’s journey.

It has not only delivered Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) and Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) to areas without decent internet connections throughout Northumberland, but also provided free connectivity to 20 town and village halls in the county, so they can fulfil their 21st century role as community digital hubs.

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It has also strengthened its position as a rural broadband leader after securing private investment from Railsite Telecom and funding from the UK’s Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme to revolutionise broadband across its service area.

Alncom managing director, Stephen Pinchen, said: “This really has been a transformational relationship for both parties and an opportunity to use Alncom’s rural knowledge to deliver fibre broadband in record time to the most remote villages and communities.

“Utilising Commsworld’s resilient national infrastructure, we are able to deliver speeds of up to 10G now and with scalability of up to 100G, we are delivering the fastest fibre available, and also building capacity for the future.”