Satellite dishes to boost broadband speeds

Satellite dishes to boost broadband speeds

Businesses in the most remote areas of the North East are being given access to subsidised satellite broadband, to boost their connection to the internet.

Digital Durham are running the scheme for properties located in the following council areas: County Durham; Darlington; Gateshead; Hartlepool; Middlesbrough; North Tyneside; Redcar & Cleveland; South Tyneside; Stockton-on-Tees and Sunderland.

The scheme being rolled out throughout December 2015 forms part of the Government’s commitment to make sure every home and business in the UK can access speeds of at least 2 mbps. An estimated 300,000 properties across the UK will be able to make use of the new offer.

The current rollout of superfast broadband is on track to deliver coverage to 95 per cent of the UK by 2017 but Government was determined to help those with the slowest connections by providing an immediate boost to their available speeds ahead of any future improvements planned.

Digital Economy Minister Ed Vaizey said:“Our rollout of superfast broadband has already reached an additional 3.5m homes and businesses who would otherwise have missed out. We are making tremendous progress, but it’s a massive engineering project and won’t happen overnight. This scheme offers immediate assistance to those homes and businesses in the Digital Durham programme area with the slowest speeds and is all part of our transformation of the UK’s digital landscape.”

Cllr Jane Brown, Cabinet member for corporate services at Durham County Council, said: “In County Durham we have some extremely rural and remote areas where residents and businesses rely heavily on being able to get online quickly and easily so they can keep in contact with friends, relatives or customers and to access information and services. Therefore, any measure that helps people in these rural locations access these resources is a real boost.

“As a council, we are committed to delivering faster broadband through the Digital Durham programme and ensuring that rural areas aren’t left behind so we are pleased that subsidised satellite connections are also available.”

More information on the national scheme can be found on the DCMS website at: