High-speed broadband boost reached 59,000 Sunderland homes and businesses so far

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HIGH-speed fibre broadband has been made available to more than 59,000 homes and businesses on Wearside.

By the end of the year 101,000 homes and businesses across the city will be able to benefit as a result of BT’s £2.5billion fibre roll-out programme.

Councillor Paul Watson, leader of Sunderland City Council, said: “To ensure the future success of our city we need the right building blocks in place. One of these is having the digital technology to support our people, our place and our economy. We want to ensure Sunderland offers residents, businesses and investors an open, accessible and connected place to live, work, study and invest. We are delighted that Sunderland has been able to work with BT to lead the way in the adoption of this new technology and encourage people to get connected via their chosen service provider.”

Farooq Hakim, BT regional director for the North East, added:“Research suggests that over the next 15 years BT’s super-fast broadband investment could give the economy of a typical city a £296million boost, create around 430 new jobs and 320 new start-up businesses, whilst for a typical town the figures are expected to be £143million, 225 new jobs and 140 business start-ups.”