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In Touch
North East
Summer 2017

In this issue of In Touch you can read about a Tees Valley community which has signed a deal with BT to bring high-speed broadband to residents in more than 130 households. There’s also news about Newcastle’s new ultrafast broadband locations which have been unveiled as Openreach launches a new ‘pilot’ network. Thousands of people in Newcastle will get some of the fastest broadband speeds in the country. And the iNorthumberland team will be out and about this summer visiting some of Northumberland’s best loved events to demonstrate the technology available and the benefits it can bring to local people and businesses.

There’s good news on the job front as BT has announced plans to recruit another 90 staff in Newcastle as part of a UK-wide recruitment drive which will transform customer service. BT has also appointed Simon Yellowley, a senior executive, to lead its Public Sector business in the North of England. Simon will implement a new strategic direction to increase local presence across the North East, North West and Yorkshire and Humber regions.

Finally you can read about a group of Openreach engineers tackling the challenge of one of the North East’s most iconic landmarks to raise money for worthy causes – we wish them well

Farooq Hakim, Chair of the North East Regional Board