Digital Region finds bidder to take over its troubled network.

Digital Region is the broadband provider to business customers and homes of South Yorkshire in England. It has operating losses to the tune of around £14 million this year, as seen in its financial statement for the year ended 31st March, 2012. This broadband network provider has now picked up Bouygues Energies and Services and considered them as preferred bidder to take up running of their services, leaving BT Wholesale less chance to win the tender.

The winner of the bid becomes accountable for costs, risks and revenues of Digital Region (DRL). The process is still going on and DRL will be likely to negotiate Bouygues Energies and Services to a contract to start working in the 1st quarter of this year. The DRL network which covers 80% of premises in South Yorkshire, has taken up over £100 million of public money to provide superfast broadband and as an alternative ISP platform. Ross Bray, Chief Operating Officer  of ASK4, the Sheffield -based ISP, has welcome the move, and sees it as an alternative to the standard BT product set.

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