Broadband plans on way for borough

A borough town is to be included in BT’s roll-out of high-speed fibre broadband.

BT has announced a further expansion of high-speed fibre broadband that will see around 20,000 local homes and businesses in North Shields set to benefit.

The company expects this to be the final community in North Tyneside to be included in its £2.5bn commercial roll-out of fibre broadband in the UK.

Openreach, BT’s local network business, will carry out work to connect the areas announced today between now and the end of Spring 2014, subject to planning and technical constraints.

Norma Redfearn, North Tyneside’s elected mayor, said: “Today’s news of further local investment from BT is very welcome as it can help both residents and employers.

“Our ambition is to see households and businesses right across North Tyneside having access to high-speed connectivity.

“More and more people and enterprises want fibre broadband to help them go about their online activities even faster and better. Greater bandwidth helps us build competitive businesses, efficient public services and stronger communities.”