In September 2014, South Yorkshire joined forces with BT in a multi-million pound deal to extend the availability of high-speed, fibre broadband to 98 percent of homes and businesses.
The Superfast South Yorkshire project will continue working to make South Yorkshire an even more attractive place to live and do business, bringing new investment to the region.
A £10 million extension to the SFSY project will see us working with Openreach to bring Full Fibre ‘ultrafast’ connections to over 9,000 homes and businesses across the region, providing speeds of up to 1 Gigabit (1Gbps), 24 times faster than the UK average of 46Mbps.
Full Fibre will help residents to make the most of their online opportunities for both work and play. Benefits include bufferless streaming of 4K video, seamless access to cloud services and uninterrupted video calls. Areas to be connected first include New Lodge in Barnsley, Bessacarr in Doncaster, Sunnyside in Rotherham, and High Green in Sheffield.
The new technology will complement ultrafast broadband coverage already available at business parks across the region, and business coverage will also be extended to priority business zones including Denaby Industrial Estate in Doncaster, Moor Valley in Sheffield, Steel Road in Rotherham, and Wharncliffe Business Park in Barnsley. This will give businesses easy access to data-intensive digital solutions which promote innovation and growth.
With detailed planning and survey work already underway the first Full Fibre connections will be live for 2020. Over 9,000 properties will be fully connected by spring 2021. We will be collating a list of frequently ask questions to publish in 2019.
Planning for Phase 2 began with the launch of a Public Consultation in June 2017, full details of which can be found on the page linked below:
South Yorkshire has one of the highest coverage rates in the country with over 98.5% of residents and businesses having access to Superfast broadband (>30Mbps). For the most current coverage statistics visit ThinkBroadband where you can check coverage nationally down to your local constituency.
The availability of gigabit capable broadband in the South Yorkshire region currently stands at 27.02% as of July 2021. This work is ongoing and we will continue to work towards achieving the governments target of 85% by 2025.
The number of premises having access to Superfast and Gigabit capable services is constantly increasing. For the most up to date figures and to see what services are available to you check out the link below.