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Superfast broadband for 12 North East communities

Thousands of homes and businesses in the North East will have access to superfast broadband when BT expands the project to 12 additional communities.

The places to benefit are:

  • Darlington
  • Easington
  • Ebchester
  • Norton
  • Wellfield
  • Dunston
  • Whickham
  • Seaton Delaval
  • Birtley
  • Barnard Castle
  • Redcar

The move is expected to boost the local economy by attracting businesses. Upgrades will be completed by the end of Spring 2014. This will take the total number of premises with access to fibre broadband in the North East to more than 735,000. More than 530,000 already have access.

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4G comes to North East

4G services start in Newcastle later this year Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

The mobile phone operator EE, owned by Orange and T-mobile, has unveiled plans for superfast 4G services in cities including Newcastle.

They say the technology will offer speeds up to five times faster than the current 3G service.

However its competitors are threatening legal action over the decision to allow EE to go ahead.

It's hoped 4G will be operating in Newcastle by Christmas, with 98 per cent of the country connected by 2014.

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