Quickline Secures Government Contract to Expand Rural Connectivity Across West Yorkshire and York Area

Quickline Communications, a leading rural broadband firm, has landed a major contract as part of the government’s £5bn Project Gigabit initiative. The deal allows the business to deliver a full fibre network to more than 28,000 rural homes and businesses, including some of the hardest-to-reach communities in North and East Yorkshire and West Yorkshire and York.

Quickline will deliver a game-changing broadband service to the Hull and East Riding areas with its full fibre network. Using the latest XGS-PON technology that can achieve speeds up to 10 Gbps – Quickline’s full fibre network delivers lightening fast and super reliable connections that are miles ahead of the older, copper based networks many people are still using.

Quicklines focus on growing and supporting the regions we are part of has created an extensive social values programme. This aims to generate jobs, deliver training through apprenticeships and accredited courses. Furthermore, we are working with organisations such as STEM Learning and Tech She Can to promote digital literacy in The Green Pin’s communities to all age groups.

Having secured the contract through a competitive public procurement process, Quickline will receive £60 million in government subsidy to support rural connectivity expansion. The firm also expects to complement the public funding with private investment to extend its full fibre network to an extra 58,000 premises.

Unsurprisingly, this milestone in rural connectivity hasn’t gone unnoticed. Quickline’s CEO, Sean Royce stated that this scheme will support economic growth and job creation in our rural communities, as well as, significantly bridge the digital divide. Speaking about our new Gigabit download and upload speeds, Digital Infrastructure Minister, Julia Lopez said: “We’re reaching thousands more rural homes and businesses every single week with the UK Government’s Plan for Gigabit and it’s great to have Openreach’s investment alongside us here in Melton and across Rutland. The progress made by Quickline and Openreach is an important step towards connecting some of the most hard-to-reach areas of the country and – with a bit of cooperation from the weather – I look forward to seeing the first people in Melton and Rutland going live on these full-fibre networks in the next few weeks.”

Max Walker

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