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Metronet takes first broadband orders following Bradford expansion

Monday, September 28th 2015 by Ellen Branagh

A wireless broadband network that has recently expanded into Bradford has taken its first two orders, the company behind it has announced.

Local businesses Lubna Foods and Burbank Produce are benefiting from superfast speeds after signing up to the service provided by Metronet (UK).

In August, Cable.co.uk reported that Metronet was expanding its wireless network to include the city of Bradford.

The company, which is a hybrid wired and wireless internet service provider, said its wireless rollout offers a “real alternative” to traditional fibre, delivering bespoke services 10 times fast than traditional providers.

The first orders in Bradford, from Lubna Foods and Burbank Produce, were made through the government’s connection voucher scheme, which gives up to £3,000 to businesses to get connected.

Family-owned Lubna Foods, which specialises in providing food ingredients across the UK, came to Metronet through recommendations.

And wholesale fruit and vegetable distributor Burnank Produce, which distributes and imports fresh produce, came via Metronet’s partner Abzorb, a communications company based in Brighouse, West Yorkshire.

Tony Hughes, sales director at Metronet (UK), said: “It is great to welcome our first Bradford customers on board.

“The fact that one came through recommendations shows that we know what we are doing and provide a great service.

'Turn the Titanic'

“We are also really happy to work further with Abzorb, a valued partner of ours.

“We look forward to growing our customer base even more in Bradford.”

The wireless rollout means that Metronet has even stronger coverage across Yorkshire, the company said.

Bradford is part of Superfast West Yorkshire, which is aiming to provide superfast broadband to 97% of the region by the end of September.

The programme is part of the government’s Superconnected Cities programme, which allows small and medium-sized businesses to apply for grants of up to £3,000 for superfast broadband.

Metronet is one of the suppliers on the scheme, and has already helped bring superfast speeds to businesses across the country.

The company’s head of digital development previously told Cable.co.uk that small internet providers who could adapt their business models are in the best position to distribution the government’s business broadband vouchers.

Kate Rennicks said: “The voucher scheme lends itself quite well to alternative providers.

“With big organisations like BT, it’s hard to turn the Titanic but the providers who are doing well under the scheme are small independents.”

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