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Businesses in South Yorkshire are being offered free connections to the Digital Region super-fast broadband network.

As reported by, a number of the broadband providers offering services over the network - such as ASK4 and Origin Broadband - will connect customers for free.

Some 80 per cent of homes and businesses in South Yorkshire can access the public-owned fibre infrastructure - but adoption rates have been slow to date.

David Cowell, Chief Executive Officer of Digital Region Ltd, described the network as "world-class", bringing internet speeds that can give local businesses a huge competitive advantage, both nationally and internationally.

"We hope to encourage businesses to connect to super-fast broadband, years before many areas across the country will be able to," he stated.

"Today’s fast connections are tomorrow’s slow. With average speeds of 37Mb and potentially up to 100Mb available now, companies in this region can get ahead, by accessing technology that is only possible through these super-fast speeds."

He claimed the network has the potential to act as a catalyst to help the region’s companies out of the economic downturn.

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