The iNorthumberland project has released its first map, showing the approximate build phases, but as with many counties the maps lack detail, and are leading to a growing level of complaints about the size of the areas considered to be under evaluation.

Postcodes in Northumberland and Ofcom speed estimates

Postcodes in Northumberland and Ofcom speed estimates

The above map is our view of part of Northumberland and is pretty much the most rural part of the County, and it makes for interesting viewing especially for those who do not live in the area and are not aware of how large areas are sparsely populated. Each black/red/yellow/green represents a postcode. The black postcodes are those where Ofcom does not hold any speed information, generally due to their being too few properties give a reliable figure. So while there are 1196 postcodes in the area we plotted, 903 are lacking sensible data, the median download speed for the just under 300 postcodes with data is 5.5 Mbps. We plot speeds of 2 Mbps or slower as red, yellow is 2 to 8 Mbps and faster than 8 Mbps on this type of map qualifies as green.

We look forward as super fast broadband pushes out from the urban areas to seeing higher speeds added to our speed test result map, but with a target of 95% on superfast we not expecting to see high speeds in the Northumberland National Park or Kielder Forest Park unless on the fringes where the main roads are.

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