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UK Rural Towns in South West Scotland to Get Fast Fibre Optic Broadband

Posted: 14th Oct, 2009 By: MarkJ
fibrezoneThe South Ayrshire Council has just become the first customer to sign-up for a new superfast (100Mbps) fibre optic broadband network via a Fibrezone ring that is being built by H2O Networks ( i3 Group ). Launched earlier this year by H2O Networks, Fibrezone is designed as a solution to the UK’s problem of connectivity and high speed broadband in rural and semi-rural areas.

The first Fibrezone, or fibre optic ring, is currently being built in the town of Ayr, with the possibility of extension to other towns in the area such as Troon and Prestwick. Businesses and organisations in the vicinity will be invited to connect to it at a fraction of the cost of building a bespoke network.

South Ayrshire Council is the first to commit while other businesses, schools and hospitals in the area are already in negotiations to sign up.

Roy Shelton, director, H2O Networks said:

“The Government sees super fast broadband and connectivity as being a key part of rebuilding the economy and Fibrezone has been developed as a low cost solution for the public sector and UK businesses. Fibrezone customers and partners can easily connect to the fibre ring in order to benefit from unlimited super fast connectivity at a fraction of the cost that is normally associated with these types of projects.”

Fibrezone makes fibre optic connectivity accessible by deploying the fibre optic cable via readymade ducts, including the underground sewer system. This makes deployment both significantly cheaper (if still a bit smelly) and faster with minimal disruption to the local environment.

Gordon Muir, ICT Strategy Officer at South Ayrshire Council, said:

“The benefit of a fibre optic network for the council has never been in question. However, the cost associated with them has meant that, until now, the project has been put on hold. Connecting to the Fibrezone should enable us to plan future spending more accurately by bringing the cost of the installation within budget and offering fixed costs, no matter what extra capacity is required, over the next ten years.”

The Fibrezone in South Ayrshire will be completed by the end of the summer and is the first of twenty that will be built across the UK over the next 12 months. The i3 Group are also busy constructing major Fibrecity networks in both the cities of Bournemouth and Dundee.
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