Superfast broadband refers to a broadband connection with download speeds of 24 Mbps or above.

A typical fibre cabinet
Most superfast broadband is delivered via fibre cabinets like this

A superfast broadband connection provides a faster and more reliable internet connection, enabling multiple users within a home or business premise to surf the internet, download documents, music and video and stream high definition television – something that many people in Northumberland struggle to do with standard broadband.

Superfast broadband also provides higher upload speeds making it easier to send large files, share photos and videos and back up important information in the cloud.

The majority of superfast broadband services in Northumberland are delivered by fibre broadband services through Openreach’s network.

Openreach’s fibre broadband can be delivered in two ways: the most common route is fibre to the cabinet (FTTC) but some areas of Northumberland are supplied by fibre to the premises (FTTP) technology. For further information about FTTC and FTTP click here.

The following video attempts to summarise the process for the roll out of superfast fibre broadband by Openreach across Northumberland.

Some areas can receive superfast broadband services through alternative fibre providers (for example Virgin Media) or through other technologies such as fixed wireless, satellite or mobile broadband.

Please use the speed checker below to see the speed of your current connection. Currently, the speed checker is not available on some mobile devices. We hope to make this available on remaining devices shortly.

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