SUPERFAST broadband arrived in Durham City in double quick time.
BT say the Market Place and surrounding area has been connected six months ahead of schedule.
More than 130 homes and businesses will be able to take advantage of the enhanced internet access, which can be up to 10 times faster than the existing service.
The work is part of the wider £24m Digital Durham project to bring faster speeds to 94 per cent of addresses in the county by 2016. Most premises will get FTTC – fibre to the cabinet – technology in which a fibre connection is made to the nearest street cabinet.
FTTP – fibre to the premises – in which a fibre connection is made direct to the customer, gives even faster speeds and will be available in some built-up areas.
Bill Murphy, of BT, said: “Rolling out fibre is a big job. It’s not a question of simply throwing a switch. The fact fibre has arrived six months early in Durham is a testament to the skill and hard work of the engineering teams.
“It also shows our commitment to getting Durham superfast in a superfast time.”
BT is working on Digital Durham with Durham County Council.