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New broadband technology 'great news' for rural North Yorkshire

Monday, March 14th 2016 by Phil Wilkinson-Jones

A broadband cabinet that houses both copper and fibre technologies is being used to bring superfast speeds to a picturesque North Yorkshire village.

Around 100 homes and businesses in Aysgarth, which lies in the Yorkshire Dales National Park, will benefit from the new ‘all-in-one’ cabinet, which combines the technologies usually carried in two separate cabinets.

The ‘onesie’ cabinets are being used by BT to reduce the amount of street furniture in areas of natural beauty, where there are often conservation restrictions in place.

Richmond MP Rishi Sunak was joined at the launch of the new cabinet by nine-year-old Charlotte Madley, a pupil at the nearby Askrigg Primary School who won a competition to design a poster for the next Superfast North Yorkshire advertising campaign.

Mr Sunak said: “I was delighted to help launch the new superfast service in Aysgarth.

“High quality broadband is now an essential for families and businesses and Superfast North Yorkshire is helping to make sure that rural areas are not disadvantaged compared with urban areas.”

Carl Les, leader of North Yorkshire County Council, said: “It’s great to see new and innovative technology being used to support the fibre rollout in North Yorkshire.

“This ‘onesie’ is the first of around 120 we expect to see popping up in communities across the county which is certainly going to be great news for those people living and working in them.”

'Reduce the impact'

The number of premises in Richmondshire able to access fibre broadband thanks to the Superfast North Yorkshire programme has now passed 42,000.

Households and businesses in Hawes, Reeth, Gunnerside, Leyburn and West Burton can already place orders and further upgrades are planned in Thornton Rust and Carperby.

Tom Keeney, BT regional director for Yorkshire and the Humber, said: “Rolling out fibre broadband on this scale is no mean feat and occasionally we have to do things differently in order to overcome technical issues, challenging geographies or to simply reduce the impact of the modern world in conservation areas.

“This was one of those times. The ‘onesie’ has proved to be the perfect solution and people in the village are already embracing the new technology.”

Cable.co.uk reported last month that a 'onesie' cabinet had been installed in the County Durham village of Shincliffe and would serve around 180 premises.

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