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|File:Origin Broadband logo.png|
|Privately held company|
|Industry||Broadband, VoIP, telecoms, leased lines|
|Headquarters||Doncaster, South Yorkshire, England|
|Oliver Bryssau, CEO|
|Products||Internet services and landline telephone services|
Origin Broadband is an Internet service provider and network operator based in Yorkshire. The company specialises in providing consumer and wholesale internet connectivity, including services across the nation, including FTTC, ADSL2+, Leased Lines, wireless 'point to point' systems, and general fixed-line telecommunications services. Origin Broadband currently operates the UK's sixth largest network and it offers co-location, website hosting and remote backup storage within its secure datacentre.
The company was established in 2011 with the intention of offering a better standard of broadband service nationwide.
History[edit | edit source]
Origin Broadband was formed by two students in Doncaster to address the perceived failures in the local broadband market in terms of speed, customer service and quality of technical support. The company began by providing services to customers through Digital Region fibre optic infrastructure, which was a largely publicly funded network. Origin Broadband quickly grew to become the largest ISP on the network.
Origin began an apprenticeship programme in 2012, as well as beginning data centre operations, allowing the provision of services such as web-hosting, co-location and remote storage backup. The company started to plan the creation of its own infrastructure in 2014, and operates its own privately owned network, which stands as the 6th largest in the UK.
From April 2015, Origin Broadband became one of the leading suppliers of the SuperConnected Cities connection vouchers, an initiative ran by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. Notably, Origin supplied the first connection voucher in South Yorkshire, and remained the leading regional supplier throughout the project.
Following the cessation of the Superconnected Cities initiative, Origin Broadband set aside a fund of £10 million and launched a voucher programme of their own. The Origin Broadband Connection Vouchers gave eligible businesses a fully funded installation for a leased line or similar premium connection.
Additional investment was secured in August 2015 from Finance Yorkshire, who is now a shareholder in the company.
Recent activity[edit | edit source]
In early 2016, Origin Broadband reformatted the way that they marketed their products, consolidating business-class connectivity into a sub-brand, Origin Broadband Business. They also launched new propositions designed for schools, colleges and universities, Origin Broadband Education, and a partner programme, Origin Broadband Wholesale.
July 2016 saw the company completely redesign its primary branding. The new styling appears cleaner and bolder,[according to whom?] and the website as a whole has been simplified and streamlined for ease of use.
In December 2016, Enterprise Investment Scheme and Venture Capital Trust specialist Calculus Capital invested £3,000,000 in Origin Broadband to fund rapid recruitment and building expansion.
In June 2017, Origin was featured by Moneysaving Expert for the "UK's Cheapest line and broadband" deal, which was priced at £124.99 for 12 months' service.
November 2017 saw Origin launch its first ever Black Friday deal which was described by Techradar as 'the UK's cheapest internet deal in the UK'.
In January 2018, thinkBroadband listed Origin as the 11th most popular network provider in the UK in December 2017.
In January 2018, Origin Broadband ended the contracts of 10% of the workforce.
In January 2018, Origin Broadband announced they would be selling their existing office and renting an office in Rotherham.
Awards[edit | edit source]
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|Year||Nominee / work||Award||Result|
|2013||Origin Broadband||ISPA Awards – Best Consumer Fixed Broadband||Nominated|
|2013||Oliver Bryssau||Barnsley & Rotherham Business Awards – Business Person of the Year Award||Nominated|
|2013||Origin Broadband||Barnsley & Rotherham Business Awards – Innovation & Technology in Business Award||Nominated|
|2013||Oliver Bryssau||Sheffield Business Awards – Young Business Person of the Year||Won|
|2013||Oliver Bryssau||Doncaster Business Awards – Young Business Person of the Year||Won|
|2014||Oliver Bryssau||Sheffield City Region Chambers – Young Business Person of the Year||Won|
|2014||Oliver Bryssau||British Chambers of Commerce – Regional Young Person in Business Award||Won|
|2014||Oliver Bryssau||National Chamber Awards – Young person in Business Award||Won|
|2014||Origin Broadband||National Chamber Awards – Business of the Year||Won|
|2014||Oliver Bryssau||Sheffield Business Awards – Young Business Person of the Year Award||Nominated|
|2014||Pete Lowes||Sheffield Business Awards – Business Person of the Year Award 2014||Nominated|
|2014||Origin Broadband||Sheffield Business Awards – Skills, Development & Apprenticeships Award||Nominated|
|2014||Oliver Bryssau||Doncaster Business Awards – Business Person of the Year (35 and under)||Won|
|2014||Origin Broadband||Doncaster Business Awards – Excellence in People Development and Training||Nominated|
|2015||Origin Broadband||Internet Service Providers Association Awards – Enterprise Broadband of the Year||Nominated|
|2015||Origin Broadband||Internet Service Providers Association Awards – Best Fixed Line Broadband||Nominated|
|2015||Origin Broadband||Sheffield City Region Chambers – Young Business Person of the Year||Nominated|
|2015||Origin Broadband||Cable.co.uk Broadband Awards – Rising Star||Won|
|2016||Origin Broadband||Internet Service Providers Association Awards – Best Business Broadband||Nominated|
|2016||Origin Broadband||The 2016 Telecommunication Awards – Most Advanced Broadband ISP||Won|
|2017||Origin Broadband||Broadband Genie – Best Budget Provider||Won|
References[edit | edit source]
- "Young Business Person of the Year". Sheffield Star. 9 July 2014.
- "Internet provider with a super quick turnover increase". Sheffield Star. 11 December 2013.
- "Doncaster tech business generates growth with superfast broadband". bdaily.co.uk. 1 July 2015.
- "Doncaster ISP provider tops regional table". South Yorkshire Times. 24 May 2015.
- "Origin Broadband Connection Vouchers". business.originbroadband.com.
- "Doncaster entrepreneurs look to shake-up telecoms market". bqlive.co.uk. 20 August 2015.
- "Origin Broadband Business". business.originbroadband.com.
- "Origin Broadband Education". education.originbroadband.com.
- "Calculus Capital provides financing to Origin Broadband". PE Hub. 9 January 2017. Retrieved 7 April 2017.
- "Cheap broadband deals: £351 over 18 months, get £100 vch". MoneySavingExpert.com. Retrieved 21 June 2017.
- "UK broadband speed test results for December 2017". thinkBroadband. Retrieved 2 January 2018.
- "Job Losses Strike UK ISP Origin Broadband After Growth Spurt". ISP Review. 11 January 2018.
- "ISP Origin Broadband Invest £2.5m in New Rotherham Office". ISP Review. 22 January 2018.
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