Friday, February 10, 2012

News: Ask4 acquire Digital Region contracts from RiPWiRE


Sheffield Internet Service Provider (ISP), Ask4, has acquired of all Digital Region broadband contracts from RiPWiRE Limited, which announced that it was closing last week.

As a consequence of the challenging economic environment and the issues with the Digital Region network, the management of RiPWiRE made the decision to close the Rotherham-based business at the end of last week.

All of RiPWiRE's Digital Region customers have been transferred to Ask4 without interruption to service.

Jonathan Burrows, managing director at Ask 4, said: "We have been involved with the Digital Region project since its inception and will continue to work with the Digital Region management team and other stakeholders to develop the service. We believe in offering fantastic service and fanatical support to our customers and are working hard to move RiPWiRE's customers with as little disruption as possible.

"It is our goal to move customers to our network with absolutely minimal down‐time, and our support staff will be contacting customers directly to make arrangements."

RiPWiRE was established by Liam Winder in the Fusion @ Magna business centre at Templeborough.

The Digital Region project will bring continuous 25mb+ broadband to over 97% of South Yorkshire, including 550,000 homes and 1.3 million people.

The project was wholly owned by the now defunct Yorkshire Forward and the four local authorities of South Yorkshire. Together they attracted European, regional, local and private investment of over £90m, including £30m from the European Regional Development Fund.

Rotherham Council has started an inquiry into the progress of the project.

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