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North Yorkshire broadband network endorsed by EC

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.


I live in Northallerton so this is fantastic news. The Northallerton exchange (nena) seems really bad - since november it has had a red status. We get a maximum of 5mb at the moment so more money going into the network should be great ! David

  • illustratorDavi
  • over 14 years ago

Excellent news, also live in Northallerton, strangley also called David :-)

  • Elwood_Blues
  • over 14 years ago

I live 5.5km from the Selby exchange, so unless they route the fibre optics right past my house, I dont expect to see any change in my connection

  • over 14 years ago

I live in Wigginton York and we have had quite a bit of disruption recently with the laying of cables. Anyone know what benefit we can expect and if any when. Speed with o2 at the moment is 1.5mbs. Regards Robert

  • robdudman
  • over 10 years ago

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