May 14, 2008
Bournemouth to utilize sewer system for fibre optic network
Bournemouth, UK is not the first thing to come to your mind when thinking of state of the art technology. Known more as an old age island, however it is to be the first in the UK to make use of the sewer system in a whole new way. Rather than rely on the rather un-environmentally friendly process of digging up swathes of countryside and road to lay cables, H2O Networks Ltd have been called in for the gig. Conventional cables are normally laid a mere 45 cm below ground. Utilising the sewer systems means that the cables lie a full 10 metres below ground, decreasing the likelihood of damage and increasing security in potentially dangerous situations. And of course, with no digging needed, with the sewers already in place, getting the fibre optics laid can be achieved far more quickly.
So, as many Britons languish behind with slow internet access, Bournemouth is casually reinventing itself as a rather fast, happening town, and in the not-too-distant future, will enjoy internet speeds approaching 100Mbps. The UK has 360,000 miles worth of sewers.