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Digital Region announce the go-live of their fibre network in South Yorkshire
Tuesday 08 December 2009 11:39:16 by John Hunt

Digital Region, the project to provide next generation broadband to South Yorkshire, has announced the going live of their network at their newly launched network operation centre. The network, being built and managed by Thales UK, is funded from European, regional, local and private investment and will see £112m being spent to provide 546,000 homes and 40,000 businesses (a total of 97% of premises) with guaranteed broadband speeds of 25Mbps. It will cover the city towns and villages of Sheffield, Doncaster, Barnsley and Rotherham. A postcode checker is available so those in the area can find out when service should be available from.

"The launch of the Network Operations Centre is a very significant milestone in delivering 'Superfast Broadband' across South Yorkshire. This is a truly groundbreaking project that will provide a major boost to South Yorkshire's economy, encouraging inward investment and providing a wealth of opportunities for businesses, local residents and public sector organisations."

David Holt, CEO, Digital Region

The network is expected to be completed in May 2012, with the first residents or businesses able to connect in early 2010. The network is an open network which means ISPs can sign up to provide services over it in a similar way to how they do over BT's network.


Posted by cyberdoyle over 7 years ago
go Yorkshire! excellent that one county is getting IT. Power to the People.
Posted by timmay over 7 years ago
How are they doing it? Is it a completely separate and new network or just SLU?
Posted by haydnwalker over 7 years ago
Its a completely separate network built alongside BTs but going to BTs exchanges. It uses FTTC and VDSL2+ for its access network.

Posted by wirelesspacman over 7 years ago
ie "just SLU" and not a completely separate network
Posted by markdixon over 7 years ago
Checked my postcode and I can get it Feb 2011 - I wont hold my breath
Posted by tikka69 over 7 years ago
There's every chance you could get it before then...

Why the negativity ?
Posted by timmay over 7 years ago
So this is a waste of money as it is no better than what BT might do eventually! How can they guarantee 25Mbps unless they don't allow lines over a certain length/attenuation?
Posted by joe_pineapples over 7 years ago
March 2010 for me. Anyone know if sky are trialing on this service?.
Posted by njalondon over 7 years ago
The service delovery dates may vary so it could possibly be that you would be enabled either sooner or later, and as to replicating BT's future network Digital Region will have theirs in place first in some instances and gain a first mover advantage, and infrastructure competition which is what Digital Region is has been shown to be a more effective form of competition. Lower prices and better quality srvice, of course time will tell.
Posted by Dawn_Falcon over 7 years ago
timmay - And now you get why other countries often have higher average broadband speeds. (It's at the expense of coverage)
Posted by herdwick over 7 years ago
any actual retail ISPs ? or another open access failure.
Posted by snoon over 7 years ago
Business connections to the network are available from on communications ltd, along side their current FWA network.
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