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RiPWIRE secures major partnership to deliver superfast broadband

posted 14 Dec 2010, 00:35 by RiDO Rotherham
Leading internet service provider RiPWIRE has secured a major partnership with a Barnsley-based IT specialist to deliver superfast broadband to homes and businesses across South Yorkshire.

RiPWiRE, who are based in RiDO’s Fusion @ Magna Business Centre, provides a range of high quality internet and telecommunications services to the public sector, businesses and home user, from the latest in high speed wired and wireless broadband internet access, telephony, VoIP, mobile data and voice, managed services to cloud computing services. The company also provides leading edge applications for the healthcare and retail sectors.

RiPWiRE was the first ISP to sign-up to the digital region network, which is managed by Digital Region Ltd on behalf of the four local councils in Sheffield, Rotherham, Barnsley and Doncaster, along with Yorkshire Forward. The development is potentially the largest open-access broadband platform infrastructure in the world.

The deal will see Barnsley based Arcus Technology become a partner with RiPWiRE in helping to offer high-speed internet connectivity to the Digital Region network, which will see South Yorkshire become one of the first areas in the country to provide download speeds of up to 40Mb per second.

Arcus will provide value added services to RiPWiRE's high speed network connection's for local businesses to ensure they can take advantage of the new broadband, which will have download speeds up to ten times faster than the average broadband.

Quentin Birchall, director of RiPWiRE, said:

"The availability of super-fast broadband is a great opportunity for businesses across South Yorkshire as it will enable them to enhance their online service to their customer base and improve the way they operate.

"During the last few years there has been significant growth in the creative and digital sector in this area and the new network will enable those companies to develop even further.

"We are delighted to establish a partnership with Arcus as they will be able to reach even more customers in new markets and help build the connectivity to the network."

Dale Heath, director of Arcus Technology, added:

"This partnership is fantastic news for local businesses as it will see more people gain access to super-fast broadband which has a service level agreement.

"The industry and technology being used is constantly moving forward and it is vital that companies do the same otherwise their current internet access will struggle to cope with ever increasing demands.

"We are confident that the agreement with RiPWiRE will be the start of further collaboration between the two companies, including Cloud based services which enables lower cost delivery of services, such as IT support, security and business continuity."

To find out more about RiPWiRE please visit www.ripwire.co.uk.