Feeds

Sewers used for laying cables

Tide of filth

Build a business case: developing custom apps

A firm from North Wales is using the UK's sewers to create fibre optic cable networks. H2O Networks gives organisations the chance to set up their own IT and telecom networks via fibre optic cables laid through the sewer system.

The outfit, which is based in St Asaph, has already used its Focus (Fibre Optical Underground Sewer System) product to install cables for six universities and three councils, claiming that its approach is cheaper than traditional cabling methods.

"A network can be operational within weeks rather than months as cable can be laid up to 80 per cent faster than traditional methods," H2O Network's Carl Cumiskey said.

"There is also no need for the complex negotiations for permission to dig roads and pavements which can add considerable costs to a network provision."

H2O Network has so far negotiated deals to gain access to 80 per cent of the UK's sewer network and hopes to gain access to the rest by the end of the year.

Of course, using sewers as conduits for cable is nothing new. Two years ago, Scottish Water allowed its sewers to be used to roll-out a fibre broadband network to a business park at Rosyth in Fife. Thames Water has also allowed its sewers in London to be used to lay cables. ®

Build a business case: developing custom apps

More from The Register

next story
Sysadmin Day 2014: Quick, there's still time to get the beers in
He walked over the broken glass, killed the thugs... and er... reconnected the cables*
Auntie remains MYSTIFIED by that weekend BBC iPlayer and website outage
Still doing 'forensics' on the caching layer – Beeb digi wonk
Microsoft says 'weird things' can happen during Windows Server 2003 migrations
Fix coming for bug that makes Kerberos croak when you run two domain controllers
Cisco says network virtualisation won't pay off everywhere
Another sign of strain in the Borg/VMware relationship?
VVOL update: Are any vendors NOT leaping into bed with VMware?
It's not yet been released but everyone thinks it's the dog's danglies
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Backing up Big Data
Solving backup challenges and “protect everything from everywhere,” as we move into the era of big data management and the adoption of BYOD.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.