Broadband firm supporting vital health services

Broadband upgrades and support are being provided to vital health services in North Yorkshire to help them to keep running smoothly as they tackle the COVID-19 outbreak.

Sunday, 26th April 2020, 6:55 pm
Chief Executive of North Yorkshire County Council Richard Flinton.

NYnet, a company owned by North Yorkshire County Council, provides high-speed internet connections to more than 750 public sector sites across the county, including those of the County Council and other local authorities.

It has temporarily ungraded all its health sector sites to offer 24/7 support, enabling any issues to be dealt with as a priority.

This free upgrade has been in place since last month.

NYnet continues to provide the highest quality broadband connectivity, ensuring sufficient capacity at businesses and homes across the county to meet demand for vastly increased levels of video conferencing and other virtual communication.

This includes providing same-day bandwidth upgrades for hospitals and GP surgeries, in some cases doubling the available bandwidth from 40Mbps to 80Mbps. NYnet also increased the County Council’s web capacity to support its work.

Richard Flinton, Chief Executive of North Yorkshire County Council, has thanked everybody within NYnet for their important work in ensuring that key services, including the NHS, have connectivity throughout the crisis.

He said: “As they carry out their vital work, health services need to know they can rely on the systems they use and that, if there are problems, support will be there when they need it. The upgraded service being offered by the NYnet team provides an essential safety net.”

Over the past three years, NYnet has increased North Yorkshire’s broadband coverage from 60 per cent to more than 90 per cent of premises in England’s largest rural county, enabling the County Council to deliver opportunities for both residents and businesses.

NYnet remains open for business and ready to help provide broadband connectivity services into public sector and business customers where possible.

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