Moorsweb is the trading name of a community network started in 2006 and is an innovative provider of rural broadband services to households and businesses across several dales in the North Yorkshire Moors.  It operates a wide area wireless network connected, via a fibre gateway, to the public internet.

Moorsweb is operated by Signa Technologies Ltd, a North Yorkshire based service provider company, with over 20 years’ telecommunications experience, covering both fibre and wireless delivery solutions.  The team have been heavily involved with local communities and businesses across the Yorkshire region and beyond, helping them gain access to technology that had previously been unobtainable.

History

The Moorsweb broadband service has been running since 2006.  The network was created and run by Barry Sunley, Farndale Free Range until December 2017, where he passed the reigns over to Signa Technologies Ltd.  The team at Signa had been involved in the development of the original network and had worked closely with Barry over many years, so it was a natural progression that in Barry’s retirement, Signa should continue the running of the network.

The service is an outdoor wide area wireless network using radio technologies.  The network began with a satellite backhaul connection but now uses a fibre optic connection to the public internet.

Moorsweb currently serves about 280 members in Bransdale, Farndale, Rosedale, Gillamoor, Rudland, Beadlam/Skiplam/Pockley Riggs, East Moors, Appleton le Moors, Sleightholmedale, Salton, Glaisdale, Danby Dale, Fryup Dale and some areas of Ryedale.

Moorsweb was originally set-up with the benefit of a Yorkshire Forward grant for rural broadband. A grant from NYCC/NYnet/Ryedale District Council then funded a fibre backhaul facility and a significant upgrade for part of the network.  More recently, further improvements to our network have been funded from subscriptions.  This enables Moorsweb to provide super-fast 30Mbps connections to subscribers.

Boon Hill Mast Circa 2006
Photo: Barry Sunley (left), Martyn Boswell (Right) installing the first main wireless access point for Moorsweb in 2006.

One of several remote installations using wind and solar energy to connect houses and communities.

Upgrade of a main transmitter site circa 2010. Ed Denney (left), Martyn Boswell (center), Barry Sunley (Right)

Organisation

Moorsweb is overseen by Moors Web Link, a community association founded to provide rural broadband services in the North York Moors.

Moors Web Link has appointed Signa Technologies Ltd as the operator of the Moorsweb wireless network.  All subscribers to Moorsweb are automatically members of Moors Web Link.  For more details please click on our Moors Web Link page.

 

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