Hundreds of businesses in Scunthorpe now have access to full fibre connectivity and broadband thanks to a new six-mile full fibre network installed by ITS Technology Group.
Part of ITSâ€™ Faster Britain programme, the new fibre network follows a route that starts in Scunthorpe Town Centre and extends north through the town including Foxhills Industrial Estate.
Businesses will be able to access reliable high-speed connectivity services of up to 10 Gigabits per second, a transformational change from the slower broadband services available up until now.
ITSâ€™ investment comes following engagement with North Lincolnshire Council as part of the wider Towns Investment Plan working in partnership to identify demand for access to full fibre that is lacking in the area.
Further plans are in place to expand the network into South Scunthorpe, covering Brumby, Ashby, Skippingdale and South Park industrial Estate.
Philip Lee, Head of Wholesale at ITS said:
â€œWeâ€™re delighted to bring full fibre to another area of the UK that has been overlooked.
â€œNorth Lincolnshire Councilâ€™s appetite to update Scunthorpeâ€™s connectivity has been clear from the outset and they have been very supportive, collaborating at each stage of the build process from start to finish.
â€œNow businesses in the area have the connectivity they need to be able to accelerate their digital journeys.
â€œFull fibre is also an important part of encouraging new businesses to relocate to the area.â€
Cllr Rob Waltham, Leader of North Lincolnshire Council said:
â€œWith this investment ITS will bring much needed improvements to the infrastructure in Scunthorpe. The demand from current businesses for high speed connectivity and broadband is there and it will also help us attract new companies to the area who rely on fast internet connections.
â€œThis news comes on top of significant developments across the town that is continuing.
â€œWe have a very serious plan for investment across the next five years thanks to Â£27m from the Governmentâ€™s Town Deal that will grow the economy and create jobs.
â€œThe end result of all of this will be that the right conditions will have been developed for highly-skilled, well-paid, sustainable jobs to flourish in Scunthorpe.â€
Cllr John Davison, Cabinet Member for Safer, Stronger Communities (Urban) added:
â€œFast internet connections are vital for many businesses. This new gigabit capable service is available now, providing speeds of up to 10 Gigabits per second.
â€œIt builds on the councilâ€™s plans to work with the private sector to improve the areaâ€™s infrastructure and bring jobs and prosperity to the region.â€
ITSâ€™ expertise in network design and build means that it is capable of connecting customers to gigabit connectivity far quicker than the industry norm.
This is because it will use a â€˜dig onceâ€™ approach using public and private infrastructure where appropriate and avoid disruptive road digs and road works, only digging new trenches when absolutely necessary.
To find out more information please visit the Faster Britain website