The Ambler

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Superfast broadband coming to Amble

Internet users in the Amble area will soon be able to surf, upload and download information at superfast speeds, thanks to an upgrade to the broadband network by BT.

BT is spending £2.5 billion on rolling out its high-speed fibre broadband network, which will now include Amble and Alnwick.

Simon Roberson, BT’s Regional Partnership Director North East told The Ambler: “Most places in Amble are connected to their broadband via the green cabinets. We’ll be putting in new fibre cabinets next to the existing ones. We’ll start work early in 2013; it takes the engineers about three months preparation and then you should be seeing the new green cabinets appearing. We’ll be trying to avoid the expense of digging up the roads, by using existing cable ducts as much as we can.”

Internet users connected via the new fibre cabinets or those linked directly with fibre to their premises will be able to get broadband speeds of up to 80MB per second. Most people will generally get speeds between 60 to 80MB per second. There will also be the capacity for businesses to buy premium packages giving them up to 300MB per second.

[Which means?] This increased speed from a fibre broadband connection is good news particularly for small businesses because they will be able to send out and receive information from their clients at much faster speeds. High quality voice and video calls mean businesses can keep in touch with customers while they cut down on travel.

With the high speed broadband technology, internet users will be able to download a movie, watch a TV replay service, surf the net and play games online simultaneously. A whole album can be downloaded in less than 30 seconds, a feature length HD movie will take less than 10 minutes, and uploading high-resolution photos to Facebook will take seconds.
Roger Styring, deputy leader of Northumberland County Council, said: “I welcome the news of BT’s further investment. This, and previous telephone exchange upgrades, will make a considerable contribution to the regeneration of our county’s economy, and will hopefully help equalise the competitive disadvantage that we presently experience.”

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2 Comments

  1. Re upgrade of amble exchange

    Do you have any more details of the above which appeared in the ambler in october 2012

    • Hi Ray
      I actually spoke to someone about this the other day. He confirmed that work will commence in the Spring. If you have any specific question, you can leave it here and I will ask next time I see him.
      Regards
      Anna

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