Virgin Media Business says it has extended a partnership deal with network provider LN Communications to bring high-speed connectivity to "five million people in Yorkshire".
The new deal allows LN Communications to provide super-fast broadband to eight sites by the end of April 2015, including Castle Howard, Barlby, Darley, Kettleworth, Bradley, Northallerton and Stokesley, and Darlington just outside Yorkshire.
The upgrade will extend to an area of "12,000 km2 across Yorkshire", said Virgin. Once complete, customers will have access to Virgin Media Business high-speed fibre-optic broadband and WiFi services.
The three-year deal, worth over £350,000, will provide better connectivity and the ability to use data-intensive services like video messaging or streaming services like Skype and Netflix, Virgin said.
Plans are in place to "plug individual business parks straight into the network", providing a digital boost to the local economy.
Simon Hayhurst, managing director at LN communications, said: “Our partnership with Virgin Media Business gives us a connectivity boost that enables us to provide superfast broadband in areas that have historically been difficult to reach."
Mario Di Mascio, executive director for sales at Virgin Media Business, said: “We’re excited to bring great broadband at amazing speeds to customers throughout Yorkshire, especially to rural and more remote areas."