News & Events - September 2010

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19 Sep 2010 @ 09:00 Further cabinets deployed in residential areas of Sheffield

Further Digital Region cabinets have been activated in Meersbrook, Sheffield. Residential users in the area can now benefit from superfast broadband speeds delivering 40Mbps download and 10Mbps upload. The Digital Region cabinets are built adjacent to existing BT cabinets, the copper wire to you household or business premise is then connected to our network via fibre-optic cable.

The Digital Region network represents a local authority led investment in next-generation broadband services. Between now and 2012, services will be available across 97% of South Yorkshire. 

To find out when services will be available to your location, please call 01142 997260 or click here to email.

 

Brooklyn Road, Meersbrook - Digital Region Broadband services available now.

Brooklyn Road

 

 

Shirebrook Road, Meersbrook - Digital Region Broadband services available now.Shirebrook Road

 

 

Beeton Road, Meersbrook - Digital Region Broadband services available now.Beeton Road

Location: Sheffield, Meersbrook

02 Sep 2010 @ 09:00 DRBSY launch next-gen broadband innovation facility in South Yorkshire

South Yorkshire based DRBSY Ltd are opening up their network infrastructure to allow developers and service providers to test their applications with real time users in the field.

 

George Taylor, CEO comments. "We have an extremely powerful capability, available exclusively to South Yorkshire, now we need to take advantage of it! Imagine sitting in a dentists surgery, streaming three-dimensional medical imaging over the web, and discussing your condition with a specialist dental consultant in London. Or downloading a high-definition, full-length feature film in less than ten minutes. Or collaborating with students around the world whilst watching live interactive video of a university lecture. Ubiquitous, super-fast Internet access will make all this, and more possible. What we now need to do, is bring together cutting edge ideas to foster a culture of innovation which will maximise the value of the technology and deliver real benefits to society. Our Rotherham datacentre is ideally placed at the hub of the Digital Region to allow this collaborative action to occur."

 

Whilst the Digital Britain initiative no longer seems to be committed to supporting next generation broadband rollout for all, DRBSY is deploying super-fast broadband services in South Yorkshire, and if effective, we will move to other areas of the country. We are delivering Internet speeds up to 100 times faster than most of the UK's residential users have access to today. We are now looking to work with interested parties to pave the way for next generation services.


In the first instance, we're putting out a Request for Information (RFI) to help identify interested parties. We will welcome responses from the public sector, as well as members of the private sector or even residential users.

Our objective is to experiment with innovative ways to help make Internet access better, and faster for everyone. Here are some specific things that we have in mind:

 

Next generation apps: We want to see what developers and end-users can do with super-fast speeds, whether it's creating new bandwidth-intensive "killer apps" and services, or other uses we can't yet predict.

 

New roll-out techniques: We'll test new ways to build data networks; to help inform, and support deployments elsewhere, we'll share key lessons learned with all. E.g. working with new developers such as the British Coal site at Waverley where there are over 4,000 homes planned over the next 25 years.

 

Openness and choice: We'll operate an "open access" network, giving users the choice of multiple service providers. Our datacentre is service provider neutral and we are keen to foster an environment of "co-opetition" to drive maximum benefits to end users.

 

The testing environment will allow direct access to our multi-gigabit fibre optic network and hosting facilities.

DRBSY is in the process of enabling access for up to 500,000 consumers with 40Mbps internet connections. This is an effort to accelerate the pace of innovation by placing next-generation technology in the hands of individuals and entrepreneurs, and allowing them to discover the best uses for it. Super-fast networks may lead to unanticipated discoveries that will change how people connect, work, learn, play and contribute online. Digital Britain must continue to do its part to foster the development of research networks through a clear R&D funding agenda that is focused on broadband networks, equipment, services and applications. DRBSY asks for your support to drive this.

 

For more information, email innovate@drbsy.co.uk or call 01142 997260. 

See the article in the Sheffield Star here.

Location: South Yorkshire

01 Sep 2010 @ 09:00 Digital Region Broadband Superfast residential 1st

 

 

Digital Region concept becomes reality!

 

Mr Painter of Grimethorpe, Barnsley is the first user to connect to the long awaited Digital Region network.

Digital Region Broadband services are available now throughout South Yorkshire, the service uses the enhanced capacity of fibre optics 

to deliver much faster more reliable services.

 

Mr Painter comments, "Its impressively fast, at least 10 times faster than our previous connection. I'm reliant on the internet for work so this is making a big difference."

 

 

George Taylor CEO of DRBSY comments, "Whilst we promote our network with an 'up to 40Mbps' service, we are actually delivering speeds very close to this. 

Ian is receiving 38Mbps down and 8Mbps up! The worst case scenario is 25mbps down. This is pretty good considering there are large areas of the county that

can only receive speeds of 500kbps!"

 

Apparently DRBSY are trying to beat the current record for the fastest residential broadband service. 

Mr Painter comments "I'm happy with the super connection I have, but I'm keen to be an even faster guinea pig!"

 

To find out more about Digital Region Broadband visit www.drbsy.co.uk

To see this Superfast Broadband article in the Sheffield Star newspaper, please click here

Location: Grimethorpe, Barnsley

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