The Digital Region project is set to cover 97% of South Yorkshire with fibre to the cabinet (FTTC) broadband and offer a guaranteed 25Mbps to homes covered by the network. Barnsley Council has now signed a five year deal worth over £1m that will see council buildings and schools connected into the Digital Region network.
"Our network 'future-proofs' the Council's communications, providing a technology foundation that greatly supports Barnsley's vision of getting its residents and businesses online by 2012. Barnsley now has the infrastructure to support a thriving digital economy, which creates employment and enables residents and businesses to benefit from cutting edge services. We greatly look forward to working with new and existing companies in South Yorkshire to make this vision a reality."David Carr, Chief Executive, Digital Region
The Digital Region project is not part of the Openreach FTTC/P roll-out but a project that is a partnership between Yorkshire Forward, Sheffield Council, Barnsley Council, Rotherham Council and Doncaster Council that aims to place South Yorkshire at the top of connected places to live and work in the UK. The goal of 97% FTTC coverage is a lot higher than any current plans by Openreach, which should reach around 66% coverage.
For residents in South Yorkshire, the postcode checker on the Digital Website is currently offline, with a new and improved version in development. In the meantime there are four service providers offering service in the region, who should be able to field enquiries about obtaining the service: