Thousands in Berwick Missing Out on Full Fibre Broadband

Over 6,000 homes and businesses in Berwick now have access to Openreach’s new Full Fibre broadband network. This technology offers faster, more reliable services, and yet, only about 19 percent of those who could upgrade to Ultrafast Full Fibre broadband in this coastal town have done so, leaving thousands still missing out.

Residents and businesses across Berwick are being urged to explore this new technology. The Full Fibre network, representing a local investment of around £1.8 million, is a substantial leap forward in terms of connectivity.

Full Fibre broadband offers not only speed but also greater reliability and resilience. It’s future-proof, with fewer connectivity issues, consistent speeds, and the capacity to support multiple devices simultaneously.

Robert Thorburn, Openreach’s regional director for the North East, emphasized the impact of fast and reliable full fibre broadband on daily life, saying, “Switching is easy and may even be cheaper than your existing broadband package, but it’s important to remember that upgrades don’t happen automatically. People need to contact their broadband service provider and place orders to take advantage of these services.”

Openreach continues its engineering build across Northumberland, striving to provide top-notch service to local residents. Full Fibre broadband opens up opportunities for working from home and building connections within the community.

Full Fibre technology not only supports seamless streaming and smooth online gaming but also empowers businesses to carry out day-to-day critical tasks like video calls, banking, and customer interactions via social media platforms.

With competitive pricing from various broadband providers, many people may find that upgrading to Full Fibre broadband is cost-effective, possibly leading to similar or even lower monthly bills for significantly improved services.

The upgrade process is straightforward. Once a person places an order with a service provider, an Openreach engineer will visit on a designated day. They will run a new fibre optical cable from underground or a nearby pole to a small junction box on the premises’ exterior wall. A smaller cable goes through the wall to an inside unit, typically located near a double electricity socket. The engineer will test the connection to ensure it’s functioning before leaving.

Jonny Rae

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