News & Events - October 2010

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21 Oct 2010 @ 09:00 Digital Region enables digital olympics for the disabled

Bakersfield Court is a sheltered housing establishment in Rotherham, consisting of 44 apartments and 9 bungalows. The surrounding area also contains bungalows for the elderly. Everyone in Bakersfield Court is over the age of 55 and has some kind of disability. Despite this, the residents are a lively bunch who enjoy playing together on their Nintendo Wii.

In fact, they have requested to play some kind of "Wii Olympics" against other care homes in the region. Thanks to the Digital Region network, they have the capability to do this, and this is something currently being looked at. The residents of Bakersfield Court have the same needs as anybody else, and are looking to utilise the DRL network to access them.

Elderly people and the Nintendo Wii might seem like an odd combination to some people, but it shouldn't. Digital Region is keen to show the region that everyone can make use of modern technology, regardless of so-called barriers such as age. As well as their love of games consoles, the residents at Bakersfield Court are also keen to stay in touch with beloved family members. To do this, they have a video-conferencing suite as well as a computer with a working webcam so that they can use Skype to keep in touch with their families. This is one sheltered housing accomodation that is keen to make great use of the superfast broadband they receive from the Digital Region network,and they are doing so.

Digital Region is now discussing new ways of enabling Bakersfield Court to take advantage of the next-generation broadband. What is clear is that not all residents are fully aware of how to use programmes such as Skype, and are also unaware of the multitude of benefits available to them through the Internet. Digital Region aims to give them the necessary support and show them how they can use these tools to their full capacity, and hopefully this will increase the usage.

Discussions are also ongoing to try and enable extra video-conferencing tools so that more residents can speak to loved ones regularly. As well as video-conferencing to speak to family and friends, this would also hopefully enable GP's to speak directly to those in need rather than them having to wait for someone to be able to visit. These are simple ways in which such an establishment can reap the benefits of the DRL network in order to improve the standard of life for their residents.

 

George Taylor, Chief Executive at DRBSY comments. "This use of technology by Digital Region Ltd is an excellent example of the transformational benefits of high speed broadband that South Yorkshires Digital Region can deliver, DRBSY look forward to delivering similar projects across the region using the Digital Region network."

 

For more information about Digital Region Broadband click here

Location: Rotherham

19 Oct 2010 @ 09:00 Contract signals digital revolution for Barnsley

Barnsley Council took a giant leap into the digital age yesterday when it signed a five-year, £1m-plus contract for the provision of its communication networks.


The deal with Digital Region will cover council buildings and Barnsley schools.

The first council building to switch over will be the town hall next month and the first schools to connect will be the new Advanced Learning Centres at Carlton and the Dearne, also in November.

 

The Digital Region network is not only bringing high speed broadband to the council, its schools and citizens and businesses, but is delivering a secure network rated highly enough to qualify for public sector network accreditation. The network migration will take approximately two years to complete and will then generate savings of more than £100,000 a year.

Phil Coppard, chief executive of Barnsley Council, said: "The signing of today's contract is a key step towards achieving our ambitions of economic growth and a Totally Online Barnsley.

 

"This contract is good news for Barnsley for three reasons: it will save the council more than £100,000 when the network migration is complete; Barnsley schoolchildren will have access in the classroom to the best internet speeds available; the Digital Media Centre will be able to provide its tenants with superfast broadband. We hope this will encourage new businesses to start up in Barnsley."

 

David Carr, chief executive of Digital Region, said: "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. By providing the region with a communications network that is faster, more secure and more reliable than anywhere else in the country, we are positioning South Yorkshire at the forefront of the UK's digital economy. Barnsley Council's decision to migrate all its communications onto our superfast broadband network is an important milestone in the region's development."

"It will enable the council to raise efficiency by sharing departmental services and will result in a saving of more than £100,000 a year. The network offers the highest quality information security, ensuring the council will meet the proposed government standards for participation in its public sector network, enabling it to tap into and share access to all parts of the public sector.

"And it is important because some areas of the council had unreliable connectivity, these can now access guaranteed speeds far in excess of those they used before.

"But most importantly, Barnsley Council can start to use the network to improve the lives of those who are socially disconnected from friends and family and help those who are digitally excluded gain access to services, which are only available with high-speed broadband."

The switch-over will also mean that Barnsley schoolchildren have access to the best internet speeds available. This is great news for children and their teachers who will benefit from higher quality, faster access to the internet and to web-based learning materials.

The Digital Media Centre in Barnsley will be able to use its guaranteed one gigabyte per second connection to provide its tenants with
superfast broadband speeds.

Eventually 97 per cent of Barnsley homes and businesses will be able to access the Digital Region network and take advantage of superfast broadband.

Barnsley Council says it is particularly pleased that the signing of the Digital Region contract took place at the start of National Get Online Week.

This initiative seeks to encourage people to use the internet to see for themselves how it could improve their lives.

 

For information about Digital Region services click here

For more information about Get Online Week click here
 

Location: Barnsley

18 Oct 2010 @ 09:00 Digital Region Broadband secures another key partner, Digital Exchange

 

Digital Exchange & Digital Region Broadband today announced a partnership in which Digital Exchange Yorkshire Limited will take responsibility for delivering high speed broadband services to organisations across Sheffield and South Yorkshire.

 

 

Neville Wilkinson – Technical Director, Digital Exchange comments - “Digital Exchange has been providing telecoms, IT systems & support for over 15 years.  The introduction of Digital Region connectivity into our portfolio was a natural fit.  We see massive business benefits from this new offering and following careful consideration decided to add to our portfolio, a service which delivers high speed internet connections, yet ones that come backed with a guaranteed level of service.  These days people assume that it’s possible to get a decent broadband connection anywhere within a city the size of Sheffield.

 

One such customer had recently moved to a new premise on Sheffield Business Park, however due to their distance from the BT exchange and the route that the copper cabling took, we could only provide a speed of 0.25Mb using a traditional broadband connection.  This had a significant impact on their business as they are reliant on being able to submit online orders for stock and equipment.  For a short time it looked as though only an expensive fibre optic leased line would be able to offer the level of performance they required to operate their business, but this came with a high rental cost plus a £5000 installation charge; money they simply hadn’t budgeted for as part of their relocation costs. Connectivity using Digital Region was almost a miracle solution to their problem.  Even though they were still over 1.5 Km away from their street cabinet (the average is just 500m) they are now enjoying Internet download speeds in excess of 15Mb and all at the same price as the lesser performing broadband product. 

 

We have another customer who we are currently migrating to a Digital Region connection and as they’re located just 10 metres away from their street cabinet we hope to break the record for Internet performance for a broadband-based provision in South Yorkshire. 

 

Without doubt the connectivity we can now offer our customers within South Yorkshire will give them a real competitive advantage over those outside our region.  This new network is years ahead of anything else in the country and the ability to provide high performance, cost effective connectivity is something our customers have been crying out for. In addition we are currently developing complimentary services that make use of the Digital Region network such as voice, video, data back-up and disaster recovery.” 

 

George Taylor, founding partner and CEO of Digital Region Broadband comments, “We are very happy to have a partner with the pedigree of Digital Exchange on board. We are already mutually engaged on a number of high profile opportunities and see excellent future growth for both our businesses, driven by our Digital Region. Nick and Neville have a brilliant team and I am confident that they will add huge value to the capabilities that the Digital Region offers.”

 

About Digital Region Broadband

Digital Region Broadband (DRBSY Limited) is focused on delivery of superfast internet services via a growing network of reseller partners. DRBSY manages its own national IP network, used solely for business use and guarantees the highest service levels in the industry. DRBSY is channel focused and is the leading supplier of managed Digital Region services.

 

In terms of infrastructure, DRBSY now has one carrier class datacentre, Multi gigabit transit capacity and active peering relationships with most ISPs

DRBSY continues to grow profitably, with very low churn thanks to a sustainable business plan, good people, continuous innovation and a quality network.

 

What will the Digital Region Network deliver To South Yorkshire?

 

In technical terms this is the development of a Next Generation Access Broadband network, ubiquitously across South Yorkshire.

 

The key differences from today’s technology are :

Optical fibre will carry broadband and telephone traffic from the telephone exchange to the end of your street instead of copper wire.

 

The latest technology in telephone exchanges designed to carry data (e.g. internet traffic etc) rather than purely voice traffic.

This allows much greater bandwidth to the premises, It enables a guaranteed bandwidth, rather than an ‘up to....’ this is critical for the multiple applications now used across broadband. It enables more symmetry (i.e. download speeds can be closer matched to upload speeds) – this is critical for the enhanced video/teleconferencing applications which are to become more standard.

 

The capability to provide advanced applications, such as –

Remote data storage

Online GP surgery

IP-CCTV

Working from home

Enhanced video conferencing

Virtual shopping

Virtual classroom

Interactive customer service

 

For further info regarding Digital Exchange please click here

Location: Sheffield / Rotherham

15 Oct 2010 @ 09:00 Digital Region Broadband partner with local IT leader

 

Digital Region Broadband announce partnership with local IT Leader

 

Lakeside IT and Digital Region Broadband, today announced a partnership in which Lakeside IT will take responsibility for delivering Digital Region services to organisations across Doncaster and South Yorkshire.

Commenting on the agreement, Ashley Harris, Managing Director, Lakeside IT, said: "The Digital Region network is the largest and most powerful broadband network in South Yorkshire and its growing rapidly. Partnering with DRBSY will allow our business to benefit from many opportunities driven by this new capability, we have deep knowledge of the local market and envisage taking advantage of a wide spectrum of opportunities, ranging from helping local businesses reduce costs through to enabling new communication channels such as video conferencing.

George Taylor, founding partner and CEO of Digital Region Broadband, remarked "we are very pleased to announce this agreement. It represents a significant step in forwarding the delivery of transformational broadband into the Doncaster area. We are delighted to be working closely with Lakeside, whose core values we share, Lakeside clients will benefit from our powerful network capabilities complimented by their excellent support."

 

George Taylor, CEO Digital Region Broadband (Left) & Ashley Harris, MD, Lakeside IT

 

About Lakeside IT

Lakeside IT is focused on providing effective computer and telecom support and solutions to SME’s within Doncaster and South Yorkshire. Lakeside IT is the IT Partner to the Keepmoat Stadium. A recent contract win establishes Lakeside IT as the Official IT Partner to Doncaster Rovers FC.

Lakeside IT are a passionate team with the aim of offering solutions that meet customer requirements. They currently support many local, national and international businesses.

 

About Digital Region Broadband

Digital Region Broadband (DRBSY Limited) is focused on delivery of superfast internet services via a growing network of reseller partners. DRBSY manages its own national IP network, used solely for business use and guarantees the highest service levels in the industry. DRBSY is channel focused and is the leading supplier of managed Digital Region services.

 

In terms of infrastructure, DRBSY now has one carrier class datacentre, Multi gigabit transit capacity and active peering relationships with most ISPs

DRBSY continues to grow profitably, with very low churn thanks to a sustainable business plan, good people, continuous innovation and a quality network.

 

What will the Digital Region Network deliver To South Yorkshire?

 

In technical terms this is the development of a Next Generation Access Broadband network, ubiquitously across South Yorkshire.

 

The key differences from today’s technology are :

Optical fibre will carry broadband and telephone traffic from the telephone exchange to the end of your street instead of copper wire.

 

The latest technology in telephone exchanges designed to carry data (e.g. internet traffic etc) rather than purely voice traffic.

This allows much greater bandwidth to the premises, It enables a guaranteed bandwidth, rather than an ‘up to....’ this is critical for the multiple applications now used across broadband.

 

It enables more symmetry (i.e. download speeds can be closer matched to upload speeds) – this is critical for the enhanced video/teleconferencing applications which are to become more standard.

 

The capability to provide advanced applications, such as –

  • Remote data storage

  • Online GP surgery

  • IP-CCTV

  • Working from home

  • Enhanced video conferencing

  • Virtual shopping

  • Virtual classroom

  • Interactive customer service

Location: Doncaster / Rotherham

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