Superfast South Yorkshire gives people even more reason to celebrate Yorkshire Day!

Published Thursday, 30th July 2015
Super Fast Broadband launch
Leader Chris Read (right) with BT Openreach Co-ordinator, Paul Rowan and "Openreach Ollie" (left)

Dinnington is the first location in the borough to benefit from the multi million pound Superfast South Yorkshire programme as high-speed fibre broadband arrived five months ahead of schedule.

A further five cabinets will be switched on in other parts of Rotherham, including Canklow, Parkgate and Fitzwilliam Road, bringing the new technology in reach of a further 450 homes and businesses during the first phase of the Superfast South Yorkshire programme which will complete by the end of this year. In total more than 22,000 homes and businesses in the Rotherham area are set to benefit by the end of the 2017. 

To mark the switching on of the first Superfast South Yorkshire cabinet in Rotherham members of the team joined Councillor Chris Read, leader of Rotherham Council, for an event on Nobel Street in Dinnington.

Cllr Read welcomed the arrival of the first live cabinet in South Yorkshire. He said: "Investment in superfast broadband will open up a huge range of opportunities for local businesses, communities and individuals across Rotherham.

"Superfast broadband is essential if we are to compete in today's world and without this kind of investment, Rotherham will fall behind other parts of the country who are already developing this infrastructure. Both businesses and individuals need fast communications and a high speed internet to have a chance of success and this investment will play a huge role in that by delivering real economic benefits.

"Internet access is now an important part of everyday life and being online brings many advantages. We want as many people as possible in Rotherham to have access to the Internet. This is why, in addition to making superfast broadband available to more homes and business, Rotherham Council has provided free wi-fi in all our libraries, service centres, Clifton Park Museum and the Civic Theatre. Anyone can visit these locations with a laptop, tablet or phone and quickly get online. This is in addition to the computers that we provide in our all libraries for the public's use."

Digital Economy Minister, Ed Vaizey, said: "I'm delighted that the Superfast South Yorkshire programme is off to such a great start, with the first cabinets going live five months ahead of schedule. Our nationwide rollout of superfast broadband is now reaching another 40,000 homes and businesses every week, and we are on track to reach 95 per cent of the UK by 2017."

In September last year South Yorkshire joined forces with BT in a £22 million pound deal to extend the availability of high-speed, fibre broadband to around 981 per cent of homes and businesses in the city region. The project is jointly funded by the four South Yorkshire local authorities of Sheffield, Rotherham, Barnsley and Doncaster2, the Government’s Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) fund and BT.  The project will build upon BT’s commercial roll-out which has already made fibre broadband available more than 451,000 homes and businesses across South Yorkshire.

Bill Murphy, BT’s managing director of next generation access, said: “Fibre broadband enables everyone to do things differently and better. For some it’s a leap of faith to switch from first generation broadband to the new fibre optic technology, but as those local people who are already using it will testify, upgrading is easy and worth doing for a far superior experience. 

“The Openreach network is open to all broadband service providers – which helps to drive competition and affordable prices. In fact, fibre broadband is now almost the same price as basic broadband so I would urge anyone who can get fibre to place an order from their internet provider superfast.”

The majority of South Yorkshire premises will be getting access to some of the best broadband speeds boosting the competitiveness of local firms and offering new ways of flexible working, entertainment and learning opportunities for local residents.

Fibre broadband enables multiple users in a home or business to access the internet, more quickly than ever before. The benefits of faster broadband speeds for businesses are considerable and include faster file and data transfers, better access to cloud computing services and software, more sophisticated web-based contact with customers and support for more flexible working.

The increased speeds are also of great value to families. Everyone in the family can do their own thing online, all at the same time, whether it’s downloading music in minutes or watching catch-up TV; streaming HD or 3D movies in a few minutes; or posting photos and videos to social networking sites in seconds. It will also improve access to new job opportunities, and make it easier to shop around for services.

The high-speed network installed by BT’s local network business, Openreach, is available on an open, wholesale basis to all communication providers, therefore offering South Yorkshire households and businesses the benefit of real choice from a highly competitive market.

For further information on the Superfast South Yorkshire programme visit the Superfast South Yorkshire website:

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