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H2O Brings 100Mbps Fibre to Bournemouth Homes

Posted: 07th May, 2008 By: MarkJ
H2O Networks has selected Bournemouth to become the UK's first Fibrecity. The provider will use existing sewers to deploy fibre broadband links around the city, which will deliver speeds of between 50 and 100Mbps.

Work will begin on the deployment of the fibre within the next six months, bringing next generation broadband and connectivity to all homes and businesses in the town:

This will be the largest Fibrecity project in Europe and the company will be funding and providing the network at a cost of around £30 million. The majority of the fibre will be put in the sewers using H2O Networks' patented FS (Fibre Optical Cable Underground Sewer) System. The fibre will provide ultra high bandwidth to all Bournemouth's businesses and more than 88,000 homes at speeds far exceeding current DSL or cable modem speeds, typically by tens or even hundreds of Mbps.

Councillor Nick King, the Council's Cabinet Member for Communications, said: "Bournemouth is incredibly privileged to have been chosen as the UK's first Fibrecity. This decision is a giant leap forward and gives us a real competitive advantage. Bournemouth really needs to embrace the many advantages that being a Fibrecity will bring and I am sure it will bring massive rewards to all homes and businesses that sign up to the services that this network will enable.

The Council has already installed H2O Networks' high speed fibre to its offices and the Bournemouth International Centre and Pavilion Theatre, so we are aware of the difference this type of connectivity can make.
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In addition to the obvious benefits, H2O's network will also introduce video conferencing to help social workers, real time monitoring of traffic using CCTV and link up local schools. Though at present it remains unclear how much this service will cost consumers.

Where the sewers are not viable, H2O Networks 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. http://www.fibrecity.eu .
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