Some 50,000 homes in the North East are to benefit from better value broadband, landline, TV and mobile services as TalkTalk installs its own equipment in 17 telephone exchanges throughout the region, at a cost of £800,000.
The company, a founding partner of the charity Go ON UK has extended its Next Generation Network, installing advanced technology in telephone exchanges in Berwick-upon-Tweed, Stockton, North West Durham, Bishop Auckland, Hexham, Sedgefield and Hartlepool.
Before the upgrade, broadband and telecoms providers were only able to offer services by renting equipment from BT, which meant the cost of landline and broadband services was much higher. As a result of this upgrade, TalkTalk can now pass on the cost savings to households in the North East and offer their lowest-priced phone, broadband and TV packages.
The last exchange to go live will be Stockton North. Tristia Harrison of TalkTalk said: “A lot of people who don’t have the internet say that cost is one of the main reasons stopping them, but in reality simple things like broadband and great TV shouldn’t have to come with a hefty price tag.
With so many families crying out for value for money, we’ve made it our mission to help make Britain better off. Our investment means that 50,000 homes in the North East can now benefit from the lowest-priced broadband on the market.”
Go ON UK, which launched with digital expert Baroness Martha Lane Fox last week in Gateshead, is hoping to get 125,000 more people online in six months. Councils in the North East have also given the project their backing.