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H2O - Dundee to Become the First Scottish 100Mbps Fibrecity
By: MarkJ - 18 June, 2008 (1:19 PM)

H2O Networks (www.fibrecity.eu) has announced that Dundee's sewers will soon be used to deliver next generation ultra high speed connectivity (up to 100Mbps) and broadband to every home, business and organisation in the city. The south coast city of Bournemouth was the first to win H2O's fibre (FTTH) network.

However, Dundee will be the first Scottish city to benefit from H2O's Fibrecity network. Work will begin at the start of next year and the majority of the fibre will be put in the sewers using H2O's patented FS (Fibre Optical Cable Underground Sewer) System at the company's own expense:

Elfed Thomas, CEO of H2O Networks said: "Dundee is the most densely populated city in Scotland, but this project will see us bringing connectivity to more remote areas as Fibrecity is an all inclusive solution."

"Many households and broadband customers have insufficient connectivity bandwidths because they are attached to legacy networks deployed in the 20th Century that just can't cope with demand. Our solution is a totally new network that does not try to connect old and new cables. With speeds in excess of 100 Mbps, it brings us right into the 21st Century and beyond."

The project is expected to cover 55,000 homes, which compares with the 88,000 that H2O are connecting in Bournemouth. Dundee City Council has already linked two city centre offices in order to share information quickly and simply.

Where the sewers are not viable, H2O will install the cable using its patented BMD (Blown Mini Duct) system. With this method, a small, 20 millimetres wide slot is channelled into the road in order to lay the cable. This is not a civil dig and will cause minimal disruption to the local area.

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