THE Tameside Digital Infrastructure Co-operative has received national recognition by winning the INCA 2018 award for commercial innovation.
Not yet a year old, the co-operative, which was set up by Tameside Council, exists to provide commercial gigabit services to residents and businesses across the borough.
Members get access to the new dark fibre network which already connects seven of the towns and more than 100 key council, health, school and college buildings across the borough.
Almost half of Tameside’s businesses and properties will soon be within economical connection distance of the fibre. A new state of the art data centre being built as part of the phase II redevelopment of Ashton Old Baths will provide hosting and direct connectivity to the Northern Internet Exchange.
Cllr Bill Fairfoull, Tameside Council’s deputy leader, commented: “This kind of recognition reinforces our belief that we are doing something different and innovative.
“I’m sure this prestigious award will strengthen our reputation and help to further raise the profile of the co-operative and the great work we are doing in Tameside to give our businesses some of the fastest connectivity speeds in the country.
“What we are achieving through the Tameside Digital Infrastructure Co-operative is unique in the UK, and by giving us the commercial innovation award the judges have recognised that fact.”
INCA is the national representative body for independent network providers, and the commercial innovation category covers projects and deployments which make effective use of collaboration between three or more organisations.
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