Sigma acquires rural ISP Moorsweb of North Yorkshire

Moorsweb is a fixed wireless broadband supplier operating across several dales in the remote rural North Yorkshire moors. The rural ISP has been serving homes since 2006, but now has been acquired by Sigma Technologies, after the retirement of Barry Sunley, the former owner. Barry Sunley’s firm, Farndale Free Range Ltd, operated the ISP which was first formed with the help of a Yorkshire Reward grant for rural broadband and later benefited from grants from NYnet and NYCC. Fibre back-haul facility was also funded by Ryedale District Council.

Recently, upgrades have been made, with funding from the subscription fees. Presently, the ISP is capable of giving download speeds of up to 30Mbps. Some 300 subscribers hailing from Appleton le Moors, East Moors, Beadlam/Skiplam Rigg, Rudland, Gillamoor, Rosedale, Farndale, and Bransdale access the network.

Sigma Technologies, run by Martyn and Julie Boswell, have worked with Moorsweb earlier, but focus mainly on providing communication services to holiday parks and events. MD of Sigma, Martyn Boswell, said he was happy to get the opportunity to run the network, having already worked with Barry Sunley on Moosweb and intended to continue to deliver fast and reliable service to users across the Moor.

Barry Sunley said the customers and committee are in good hands. He added that Sigma has helped Moosweb on many occasions over the years, on advising them to get the best out of the network. The agreement finalised now has been supported by the guardians of the network, the committee Moors Web Link. Martyn Boswell will retain the name Moorsweb and promises to take the network on to the next level, as per demand and technology.

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