Sunderland will be the first city to have blank superfast broadband connectivity Sunderland City Council has announced. BT is to deploy it's superfast broadband including fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) and fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) products across the city, reaching 90% of homes and businesses.
"Sunderland is committed to regenerating and securing its future economic prosperity. The City Council is investing in Sunderland’s infrastructure, ensuring the city is the easiest place in the UK to do business - whether you’re a small to medium-size enterprise, or an international manufacturing giant.
Being able to announce that Sunderland will be the first city in Britain to offer wall to wall access to superfast broadband is the result of our vision, ambition and commitment. I’m proud of our city and what we have achieved. This is a step in the right direction towards our long-term vision for Sunderland. The City Council recognises that superfast city-wide broadband infrastructure is a vital ingredient for economic growth in the city."Councillor Paul Watson, Leader Sunderland City Council
The council will likely be putting forward some money, including funding from BDUK towards BT's deployment of the service throughout the city. This will be necessary to increase the coverage as there would otherwise be areas that are not economical to upgrade. The remaining 10% of the city not met through BT's plans is expected to be met through other providers and potential further expansion plans of the BT roll-out in partnership with the council.