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South Yorkshire ISP Origin Broadband Hails Growth Spurt

Thursday, September 3rd, 2015 (4:04 pm) - Score 883

Doncaster-based ISP Origin Broadband appears to be recovering from last year’s rocky collapse of the failed £100m Digital Region network and has reported that turnover is up 400% on the last six months, with the provider adding 300 residential and up to 400 business customers a month.

The Yorkshire Post reports that Origin, which aims to become a national name, is now home to a total of 7,000 subscribers and their growth is also feeding into new jobs, with the provider moving to boost their current staff numbers to 85 by the end of 2015.

Oliver Bryssau, Origin Broadband’s MD and co-Founder, said:

We are tendering for some massive contracts and our aim is to become a full national operator. We started in 2011 with no staff. Now we have 40 and that figure will rise to 85 by the end of this year.”

Origin has also invested to install some of its own hardware in BT’s telephone exchanges across South Yorkshire, which sounds similar to the kind of unbundled (LLU) networks that TalkTalk and Sky Broadband have built across the whole of the United Kingdom.

The ISP also claims to be the top regional supplier of Government Connection Vouchers, which are designed to help small and medium sized businesses to get a superfast broadband connection installed.

We have recovered. [The Digital Region collapse] didn’t threaten the business, but we didn’t manage it as well as we would have liked,” added Bryssau. It’s understood that the ISP has recently received additional investment from Finance Yorkshire (£350,000 loan), HSBC and Finance for Enterprise.

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9 Responses
  1. Avatar superfarce says:

    rubbish provider run by plusnet,speeds are diabolical superfarce dial up broadband and they tell lies .

    1. Avatar Jeff says:

      I don’t see how, I’m on their network getting around 64-66 down and 17-18 up compared to 52-57 down and 12-13 up with Plusnet, I guess traffic management and headends change various factors.

  2. Avatar JamesM says:

    Run by Plusnet? since when?

    Origin is a private company set up by some students. Plusnet is a PLC

    1. Avatar DanielM says:

      he probably means network wise, same as john lewis broadband

  3. Avatar Matt says:

    They use a BT resold service outside of their own network area, which is hosted on the Plusnet network using BT IP addresses.

  4. Avatar cyclope says:

    Of if you are off net best avoided

  5. Avatar nknklnkl says:

    That seems like a lot of staff for such a small customer base – I wonder what the pay is like.

  6. Avatar Bris says:

    “rubbish provider run by plusnet”. That’s clever because plusnet is a wholly owned subsidiary of BT Group! Origin is a private company.

  7. Avatar Jim says:

    Just joined after leaving EE as they lied alot

    So far from Manchester, Blackley M9 .

    No contact before service started. Had to request connect details twice.
    Waited in all day Friday and Saturday for modem ordered the Wednesday evening before. Still not arrived expected now Tuesday!

    Using my old TalkTalk or Sky router to get online otherwise I would be buggered. Cannot recommend them at all. They apologise alot but I did not buy a service for appolgise I bought a service to use!

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