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Creating a fibre network with minimal digging
Tuesday 03 February 2004 13:23:00 by Andrew Ferguson

BBC News Online has the news that Scottish Water are to run a pilot scheme in Rosyth to place fibre optic cabling in the sewer system. Scottish Water would lease the sewer to network providers who would then lay the fibre. A partner FibreLink is doing the laying of the fibre and looking after the actual connection of this fibre to buildings and an Internet provider so that it can be used.

Interestingly the news item seems to suggest that once the fibre network is in place, FibreLink will approach providers to sell the network capacity. The use of sewers for running fibre networks is not new, BBC News featured the idea two years ago, and it is in use in various parts of Europe.

The 2 miles of fibre that is proposed is interesting and if successful will lead to more developments. The question is will providers take an interest in this access method, and will the actual costs make it possible for home users to be offered an affordable broadband solution? The previous London project was targeting just business users.

Norwich was another city that has featured in the past with news of fibre networks being created, see BBC News Dec 2002. The hope for that £3.4m scheme was that services would be available starting in January 2004. We would like to heare from people in the Norwich area to find out if the project has bourne any fruit, email with Norwich in the subject.


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