Game changer for community as Hartlepool village broadband connection is upgraded

Increased broadband speeds and stability have arrived at a Hartlepool village.

Friday, 26th November 2021, 2:26 pm
Updated Friday, 26th November 2021, 2:26 pm

Residents in Dalton Piercy, on the outskirts of town, have seen download and upload speeds jump from less than 1Mbps to upwards of 45Mbps.

The upgrade comes with the powering up of a new superfast wireless broadband solution within the area which has been delivered by Voneus.

Increased speeds and stability have arrived much to the delight of those working from home, streaming services, and playing online games.

Sign up to our daily newsletter

The i newsletter cut through the noise

Kylie Kendrick moved to Dalton Piercy six years ago.

For resident Kylie Kendrick, who works as a technical specialist for lecture capture at Durham University, previous weak connection provided a particularly difficult challenge to her other role as the university’s esports lead.

Kylie, who also spends significant time gaming online herself, said: “We were warned by family friends before we moved that the broadband connection in Dalton Piercy was awful, but we thought it couldn’t be that bad.

“It was worse than we could have imagined. In order to play anything I had to make sure I was the only one online otherwise the input delay and connection drop-outs would be too severe.”

Read More

Read More
130 new homes planned for booming estate on edge of Hartlepool
Kylie Kendrick, sat at her desk at her home in Dalton Piercy.

Kylie and other members of the village started looking for alternative providers to bring a faster and more stable connection to Dalton Piercy.

After a frustrating search, residents’ calls were answered when Voneus approached Hartlepool Borough Council to help deliver its plans for a new network for Dalton Piercy.

Councillor Paddy Brown, chair of the council’s economic growth and regeneration committee, has welcomed the upgrade and added: “We are extremely keen to see connectivity in rural areas of Hartlepool improved.

“With more people working from home following the pandemic, it’s even more important that all parts of Hartlepool have the best possible connectivity, which is why we are delighted by Voneus’ investment in the area.”

Zoe Day, head of community engagement at Voneus, said further upgrades are planned nearby.

She said: “We are thrilled that Kylie and the rest of Dalton Piercy are now live with superfast broadband and we look forward to bringing more villages and towns in County Durham up to speed in the near future.”

Support your Mail and become a subscriber today.

Enjoy unlimited access to all of our news and sport, see fewer ads, experience faster load times, test your brain with daily puzzles and get access to exclusive newsletters.

Your support for our journalism means we can continue telling Hartlepool’s stories for generations to come. Click here to subsc ribe - and click here to get a snapshot of the Mail’s news and sport to your inbox through our email newsletters.