Quickline Secures Second Project Gigabit Grant To Support Rural South Yorkshire With Full Fibre

More funding supplied to Quickline Communications from the Project Gigabit Scheme! has clinched its second contract under the government’s ambitious £5 billion Project Gigabit initiative.

This latest achievement firmly establishes Quickline as one of the select few providers across England with multiple Project Gigabit contracts. Covering over 60,000 premises and backed by over £104 million in public funding, these contracts underline Quickline’s dedication to leveling the digital playing field.

Under the new deal, Quickline will extend its full fibre network to approximately 32,100 premises across rural South Yorkshire, along with homes and businesses in East Yorkshire, North Lincolnshire, and Nottinghamshire. This is a game-changer for the communities, ensuring that no one gets left behind.

The expansion follows a £60 million Project Gigabit contract awarded to Quickline, covering 29,000 rural premises in West Yorkshire and parts of North and East Yorkshire. These initiatives are not just about connecting homes and businesses; they’re about connecting people to new opportunities and possibilities.

Quickline’s commitment goes beyond just laying cables; it’s about making a real difference in people’s lives. That’s why, in addition to building a broadband network, Quickline will play a key role in driving economic growth across the region through a comprehensive social values programme. This includes creating jobs, providing apprenticeships, offering training courses, and much more, ensuring that everyone benefits from improved connectivity.

Sean Royce, CEO at Quickline, said: “We are incredibly proud to have been awarded a second Project Gigabit contract and one that is again in a very important area for us.

“Our roots are in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire and as a broadband provider we have a very strong regional focus. We employ people from Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, we deliver broadband to the people of Yorkshire and Lincolnshire and we want to play our part in the growth and economic development of Yorkshire and Lincolnshire.

“Winning the contract for South Yorkshire, on the back of the one for West Yorkshire, reinforces the important role Quickline is playing in connecting hard-to-reach communities across the region, and our role in supporting the government in achieving its ambitions.

“We remain steadfast in our mission to connect the unconnected and through our support of Project Gigabit we will continue to do that, changing and improving the lives of thousands of people who live in rural areas across Yorkshire.”

Digital Infrastructure Minister Julia Lopez said: “Thanks to Project Gigabit, thousands of rural homes and businesses across South Yorkshire will soon be able to access the fastest broadband speeds on the market.

“Today marks an important milestone in our drive to tackle poor connectivity in Yorkshire. From Barnsley to Doncaster, patchy connectivity will soon be a thing of the past and lightning-fast broadband will open up new opportunities, driving employment and economic growth.”

With the contract signed, Quickline has hit the ground running. Operations are already underway in Woodsetts, Rotherham, and the Westwoodside area of North Lincolnshire, with the first customers set to be connected by the end of the summer. It’s an exciting time for everyone involved, and Quickline is honored to be part of this journey toward a more connected future.

Max Walker

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