Seaside town opens door to business as superfast arrives

Another Northumberland town has had a boost this week as BT announced the arrival of superfast broadband in Amble.

More than 2,000 homes and businesses now have access to the high-speed technology – and this figure will increase to around 3,250 as engineers complete the local upgrade in the weeks ahead.

It comes about a month after similar news for Alnwick, where more than 4,000 premises now have access to the new fibre service.

The BT investment was welcomed by Julia Aston, director of the Amble Development Trust.

“This is wonderful news for Amble,” she said.

“The improved infrastructure providing superfast broadband will aid existing businesses, helping them to grow by giving them a level playing field with city-based companies.

“It will hopefully encourage new ones to relocate to the town, when they see the opportunity of achieving that elusive work life balance.

“After all, why would anyone want to live in the city when they can have it all in Amble?”

BT is also working in partnership with Northumberland County Council to reach parts of the county that lie outside its commercial footprint.

In April, the telecoms giant signed a £18.9million deal to transform broadband speeds for businesses and residents across the county.

Farooq Hakim, BT regional director for the North East, said: “This is exciting news for everyone who lives and works in Amble. Fibre broadband will open the doors to countless business opportunities, boosting the economy and supporting the thriving local community.”

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