KCom to bring super-fast broadband to Yorkshire

KCom, alongside technology partners Alcatel-Lucent and Thales, has been appointed by Digital Region to build, manage and operate fibre-optic broadband infrastructure in Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield.

KCom, alongside technology partners Alcatel-Lucent and Thales, has been appointed by Digital Region, a consortium made up of four local authorities in South Yorkshire, to build, manage and operate fibre-optic broadband infrastructure in Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield.

KCom has a long history of trail-blazing in the north-east, where it has built and maintained a market leading position as the incumbent telco for Humberside, the only part of the UK not dominated by BT.

The Digital Region group claims it has already attracted over £90m worth of funding for its project, which will supply guaranteed bandwidth of 25Mbps and above to around 1.2 million people and, hopefully, attracting inward economic investment to the area.

"This will place South Yorkshire in the forefront of technological change, and will put the sub-region in a much stronger position to be able to benefit from the up-turn when it comes," said Rosie Winterton, government minister for Yorkshire and Humber.

Services are set to come online towards the end of 2009, with the first customers taking up services over the new network during 2010. Connection will be available through normal ISP services.

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