North East reaches its goal of all exchanges ADSL enabled
One NorthEast selected BT as the means to deliver broadband throughout the North East by March 2005, in a £10 million project. The good news is that the work on the final batch of exchanges finished on 28th February 2005. The One North East programme will now shift up a gear to increase the demand for broadband in the region, and to assist businesses in the area with exploiting the advantages of broadband connections. Take-up in the North East is low at present, it is only 12.5%, versus the national average of 17.6%.
Only last week Northern Ireland was declared the first region in the UK outside London to have all its exchanges enabled, the North East now takes the crown of the first region in Britain to achieve the same. The last exchanges to be enabled were Barningham, Eastgate, Frosterly, Tow Law and Wearhead in County Durham. Additionally in Northumberland, Hartburn, Holy Island, Kielder, Scots Gap, Seahouses, Shilbottle and Whalton were the others to be enabled. One North East does have two more exchanges that will be enabled in May 2005, but these are in Cumbria and are Gilsland and Hallbankgate.