Super-fast broadband partnership agreed in Yorkshire

A Barnsley-based IT specialist has secured a major partnership with a leading internet service provider (ISP) to deliver superfast broadband to homes and businesses across South Yorkshire.

Arcus Technology has become a partner with RiPWiRE to help offer high-speed internet connectivity to the Digital Region network, which will see South Yorkshire become one of the first areas in the country to provide download speeds of up to 40Mb per second.

RiPWiRE, who are based in Rotherham, was the first ISP to sign-up to the digital region network, which is managed by Digital Region Ltd on behalf of the four local councils in Sheffield, Rotherham, Barnsley and Doncaster, along with Yorkshire Forward.

The development is potentially the largest open-access broadband platform infrastructure in the world.

Arcus will provide value added services to RiPWiRE’s high speed network connection’s for local businesses to ensure they can take advantage of the new broadband, which will have download speeds of up to 40Mb – ten times faster than the average broadband.

Dale Heath, director of Arcus Technology, said: “This partnership is fantastic news for local businesses as it will see more people gain access to super-fast broadband which has a service level agreement.

“The industry and technology being used is constantly moving forward and it is vital that companies do the same otherwise their current internet access will struggle to cope with ever increasing demands.

“We are confident that the agreement with RiPWiRE will be the start of further collaboration between the two companies, including Cloud based services which enables lower cost delivery of services, such as IT support, security and business continuity.”

Quentin Birchall, director of RiPWiRE, added: “The availability of super-fast broadband is a great opportunity for businesses across South Yorkshire as it will enable them to enhance their online service to their customer base and improve the way they operate.

“During the last few years there has been significant growth in the creative and digital sector in this area and the new network will enable those companies to develop even further.

“We are delighted to establish a partnership with Arcus as they will be able to reach even more customers in new markets and help build the connectivity to the network.”