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15th July, 2024 (11 Comments)

The Tyne and Wear Metro, which is an overground and underground light rail rapid transit system that is operated by Nexus (public body), looks unlikely to see 4G and 5G mobile coverage being expanded from O2 (Virgin Media), Vodafone and Three UK after the operators “turned down the opportunity to install equipment in the tunnels.”

Fiber optics network cable on technology background

11th March, 2024 (2 Comments)

The Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council in Staffordshire (England) has announced a new project that will seek to build up to 50km of new gigabit-capable fibre broadband infrastructure to help connect local businesses, public sector and community sites in poorly served parts of the town centre.


16th January, 2024 (9 Comments)

Fibre optic network builder Cityfibre has announced that their £50m project to deploy a new 10Gbps capable Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband ISP network across the northern city of Newcastle (Tyne and Wear), which first began at the end of 2019 (here), has now covered 50,000 premises in the city and rising.


cityfibre street works engineer fttp

12th July, 2023 (11 Comments)

Network operator CityFibre has today announced that they’ve finally entered the construction phase of their £42 million project to deploy a new 10Gbps capable Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP / XGS-PON) broadband network across South Tyneside (Tyne and Wear) in North East England. The operator is already working in neighbouring Gateshead.

Grain FTTP Engineer from Behind

4th November, 2022 (17 Comments)

Broadband ISP and network builder Grain (Grain Connect) has today added four new locations to their ongoing UK rollout of a gigabit-capable Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) network, which will see them expand across parts of Whitley Bay and Thornaby in the North East, Blackpool in the North West and Tonypandy in Wales.

fibre optic cables green and blues-gigapixel

17th February, 2022 (1 Comment)

The Sunderland City Council (SCC) and BAI Communications have today chosen CityFibre’s new “full fibre” broadband and Ethernet network in the city to provide data capacity for a new 5G small cell mobile network, which aims to provide a platform for local business growth and innovation.



10th February, 2022 (11 Comments)

Technical UK consultancy firm FarrPoint has just created something rather special – the “first ever” independent 4G mobile (broadband) coverage map of Newcastle and South Tyneside. The study was designed to “comprehensively” map out the region’s mobile phone “not spots” in order to help the local authority to improve connectivity.

CityFibre Trencher machine

19th January, 2022 (1 Comment)

CityFibre has today announced that they’ve appointed civil engineering contractor GCU UK Ltd to lead the £42m rollout of a new 1Gbps capable Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband ISP network across the large North East England town of Gateshead (Tyne and Wear) and South Tyneside, which sits just over the River Tyne from Newcastle.

virgin media van at dusk 2020

25th November, 2021 (4 Comments)

Broadband ISP and TV provider Virgin Media UK (VMO2) has today announced that another 6,100 homes across Tyne and Wear, including in Bruton Park, Newcastle and Longbenton, North Tyneside, have now gained access to their gigabit-capable Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) network.


25th November, 2021 (2 Comments)

The town of South Shields, which sits at the mouth of the River Tyne just outside of Newcastle in North East England, has today been named as the next location to benefit from UK ISP Grain‘s rollout of a new 1Gbps capable Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband network.

Grain FTTP Engineer from Behind

23rd November, 2021 (2 Comments)

The coastal city of Sunderland (Tyne and Wear) has today been named as the next to benefit from Grain‘s UK rollout of a new gigabit speed Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) based broadband network. But they look set to face aggressive competition from rival operators with similar services.

5g mobile wireless mast tower uk

21st October, 2021 (3 Comments)

The UK Sunderland City Council (SCC) has today announced that they’ve awarded a 20-year strategic partnership to BAI Communications, which among other things is to be tasked with designing, building and operating next generation digital infrastructure including a private 5G small cell network.



29th September, 2021 (2 Comments)

UK ISP YouFibre has announced that the first customers can now connect to their new 10Gbps capable Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband network in the two towns of Barrow-in-Furness (Cumbria) and Houghton-le-Spring (Tyne and Wear), which has been built by network partner Netomnia.

fibre optic white cables

17th September, 2021 (1 Comment)

Houghton Le Spring (Sunderland)-based telecoms and IT provider Affinity Systems Limited (Rymote) has revealed tentative plans to expand a gigabit-capable Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband network to “serve people and businesses” in rural areas in the North East of England.

CityFibre Trencher machine

16th August, 2021 (6 Comments)

CityFibre UK has today officially started the construction phase for their £62 million rollout of a new gigabit-capable Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband ISP network in the coastal city of Sunderland (Tyne and Wear), which is being supported by civil engineering contractors from MAP Group.

farming rural broadband mobile and cows

9th August, 2021 (2 Comments)

The North of Tyne Combined Authority (NTCA), which represents Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland in England, recently announced that they will put £7 million toward a new 5G and Future Connectivity Fund, which is largely intended to help boost mobile and “full fibre” broadband connectivity in rural areas.

20th March, 2021 (4 Comments)

Business ISP Wildcard Networks has given birth to a “full fibre” (Dark Fibre and FTTP broadband) focused sibling called Fibreconnect, which is the operator’s consumer-facing brand. Both sides of the business are now building networks around Newcastle and, on top of that, they’re about to hop on Cityfibre’s platform.

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