North Yorkshire looks set to benefit from a new fibre ring that will create major points of presence in the following towns: Catterick, Richmond, Northallerton, Thirsk, Whitby, Scarborough, Malton, York, Selby, Harrogate, Ripon and Skipton.
eGov Monitor reports that the European Commission has approved the scheme under the EC state aid rules, as the aid being provided is unlikely to cause undue distortion of competition. The scheme itself will create a fibre optic network capable of initially handling 64Gbps (Giga bits per second) of traffic, expandable to 320Gbps.
While it seems no provision is being made at this time for connecting small businesses and residents in the area to the network, (i.e. no changes to the last mile of connectivity), the presence of a large fibre network in the region can alter the economics of a company installing its own hardware in local telephone exchanges and thus bring ADSL2+ and SDSL to areas that otherwise may not see these services for many years. Another option is a wireless broadband operator could use the network to connect up base stations in the area, avoiding the existing copper local loop completely. A bonus for larger companies is that the cost of leased lines may well fall, since the price of a leased line is generally linked to the distance from closest point of presence (PoP).
For those wanting to read more on the North Yorkshire network (NYNET) website.