Digital Region project moves to the next stage

Digital Region project moves to the next stage

Following an EU procurement process, Thales, along with bid partners Alcatel Lucent and Kingston Communication, have been chosen as the preferred bidder to deliver the Digital Region project, which will provide a next generation access network to approximately 600,000 homes across South Yorkshire.

Four local authorities in the South Yorkshire area have put the Digital Region project together. The key aim is to create an infrastructure for the region that will spur economic regeneration, offering high bandwidth broadband that will encourage knowledge-based business to the region and provide the opportunity for business located in the region to offer new services and enter new markets. The project, it is hoped, will also partially address the digital divide in the region: only around 20% of households have taken up a broadband service.

Industry, government and regional development agencies are watching this project with interest. Current debate around if, how and when the public sector should intervene in the investment in next generation access technologies has yet to provide a clear consensus amongst stakeholders. The outcome of this project will go some way to clarifying this debate, and providing experience to inform models for possible further public sector interventions elsewhere in the UK.

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Comments (6)

  • Jim Race

    What a disaster!! – Lets see the fallout over the coming years, when Thales and partners cannot deliver to time or budget, and the proposed benefits do not materialise!!

    January 22, 2008 at 3:19 pm
  • Jim Race

    What a disaster!! – Lets see the fallout over the coming years, when Thales and partners cannot deliver to time or budget, and the proposed benefits do not materialise!!!!!

    January 22, 2008 at 3:20 pm
  • Nicolas

    Jim, why are you so pessimistic about it? It’s exciting stuff!!!

    February 18, 2008 at 3:21 pm
  • Paul

    Well I am pessimistic about it as the last update on the digital region website was in 2006……..

    How is anyone going to take that seriously !!

    March 4, 2008 at 11:14 am
  • m.i.khan

    wense at Citizens-Network CIV are still trying to find out if Digital Region is on or off – can anyone tell us as we have been tryijng to find out for months.
    Please ring 0208 332 0473 is you know anything – 17 Nov 2008

    November 17, 2008 at 9:38 am
  • djrw

    Its on, Digital Region Broadband are offering VDSL now apparently… look at this site.

    http://www.digitalregionbroadband.co.uk

    April 28, 2010 at 8:10 am

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