Faster internet on way

A RURAL community is set to get faster broadband.

BT has announced that Trimdon is set to be among a string of communities in County Durham to see the roll-out of BT’s next generation broadband service delivered over copper lines later this year.

The BT investment makes available download speeds of up to 20 megabits per second (Mbps) – more than double the speed previously available from BT.

Chris Sayers, BT’s North East regional director, said: “The rapid roll-out of faster broadband continues to reach out to more communities across County Durham. This major investment is playing a vital role in the future prosperity of the county.

“The technology is changing for the better the way we live and work, helping businesses work more efficiently and flexibly and find new markets. And households are better able to make use of the huge range of on-line educational and entertainment opportunities available.

“But there is still much work to be done and we want to work with the public sector to find solutions for even the most challenging locations.”

This investment in the copper network is in addition to BT’s £2.5billion roll-out of fibre-based broadband, which will bring even faster speeds to around two-thirds of UK premises by the end of 2014.