Nigel Short talks about the benefits of ultra-fast full fibre connectivity

Voot Telecom is among the providers which have been selected to assist in delivering Faster Britain, which provides ultra-fast full fibre connectivity to support the cloud enabled, future-proof technologies of today and tomorrow.

More than 13,500 businesses across Sheffield can now access Faster Britain, a full fibre network built and operated by ITS Technology Group, which helps to place the Steel City among the best digitally connected places in the country.

Nigel Short, of Voot, said: “Ever since the failed fibre initiative that the local councils funded and then withdrew, Sheffield has struggled with limited connectivity, especially in the centre. It’s fantastic that businesses now have a real alternative.”

Engineers have installed 56km of rich full fibre to ensure Faster Britain can deliver high quality, high-speed broadband and connectivity services to key business and industrial areas including Atlas Industrial Park, Sheffield Business Park, Bessemer Park and Greenland Trade Park.

The network has been built sustainably reusing existing ducts, avoiding road digs to minimise disruption to local communities. Faster Britain spans across the city, following routes out into five spines to serve businesses in Walkley, Crookes, Ranmoor, Crosspool, West Bar, Kelham Island, Neepsend, Hillsborough, Wadsley Bridge, Middlewood, Burngreave, Brightside, Meadowhall, Attercliffe, Greenland, Tinsley, Darnall, Highfield, Lowfield and Woodseats.

Daren Baythorpe, CEO of ITS Technology Group, said: “I am delighted that our Faster Britain network is now live across Sheffield, in reach of business and industrial areas where there is pent up demand for reliable high-speed services. Full fibre is vital to boosting economic growth, attracting inward investment, and underpinning redevelopment projects such as The Heart of the City.

“The UK’s telecoms and communications infrastructure is undergoing the biggest transformation since it was first installed more than a century ago. From 2025, the legacy copper lines which many business broadband services still depend on are earmarked for retirement. We are proud to be playing a role in deploying futureproof full fibre across the city to help to meet the government’s targets for 100 per cent gigabit-capable broadband speeds by 2030.”

Once installed, the same flexible Faster Britain connection can be upgraded from full fibre broadband through to a dedicated 10Gbps leased line (XGS PON). Services are available through local and national Faster Britain partners who also offer a comprehensive portfolio of ‘over the top services’ such as voice, storage, backup and security solutions.

Nigel added:“We are naturally delighted to have been selected to work with Faster Britain to assist with this rollout. Faster Britain delivers real flexibility, and secure connections at great prices. While initially connections are available for a limited number of businesses, the network is expanding rapidly and until then we still have our rural 4G services to assist local businesses with internet access. There is now no reason any businesses in our region should struggle with their internet.”

Businesses interested in accessing Faster Britain can find out more about service availability on: and can get in touch with Nigel and the team at Voot for any advice about your business connectivity.

You can get in touch with Nigel and the team at Voot for any advice about your business at