IT firm rides in to connect forest

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DALBY forest has been given its own wireless internet connection as a Scarborough IT firm plays its part in the Mountain Bike World Cup.

The forest is this weekend hosting the internationally renowned opening round of the World Cup in the cross country discipline.

In the run up to the event IT firm C>Ways, based at Wykeham Business Park, was tasked with providing wireless super high speed internet connection and Wi-Fi internet access, allowing riders, teams, and the thousands of expected visitors to access internet coverage during the event.

The firm will also be providing the infrastructure for the television cameras and media desks to send pictures and results from the event all over the world.

It was a big challenge for C>Ways as the event village alone covers 40,000 square meters in a remote rural area where previous attempts to provide internet access have proven extremely difficult.

It is the second year running that C>Ways has won the contract to rig up the technology at the event.

Director Andrea Jackson said: “This is a very prestigious project and we are very proud to be doing it for a second year running.

“It was a big challenge last year but obviously we proved we were up to it, and we were thrilled to be asked to do it again.

“The World Cup is great for the area, and it is great they have chosen a company from the local area to work on it.”

C>Ways installed a high speed internet connection in Wykeham on the Dawnay Estate. The firm not only provided residents in the village with high speed access, but also the scores of business on the Estate’s two business parks.