Fibre backbones and metro networks are nothing new, but are still worthy of some attention, particularly as they open the possibility for network sharing with businesses and local communities.
CityFibre Holdings has completed and is delivering a fibre network that links over 100 council buildings in the City of York. The network is part of an ongoing eight year contract awarded in 2009 to install and manage the network. Some 100km of fibre has been installed and supports speeds of up to 10 Gbps.
While businesses in the area and residents will not be able to utilise the network for their own needs at this time, but the Council is apparently looking at possible revenue opportunities that could mean the network being made available to businesses in the area. The technology to allow different secure networks to exist on the same fibre network do exist and are relatively mature, plus when fibre networks are installed invariably there are lots of spare fibres, that can be subsequently lit to increase capacity.
Other countries with fibre networks have the notion that local access is at very high speeds, regional slightly slower, national slower still and international at the lowest levels. As parts of the UK create ultra fast fibre networks, this concept may need to learnt by people, i.e. that looking for material on a more local server will offer a faster download.
Some may remember that CityFibre Holdings are now responsible for the Fibre to the Home network in Bournemouth, we did enquire about the status of that project, and have been promised updates when there is news to report.