Friday, January 23, 2009

Bournemouth - UK's First Fibrecity

Bournemouth will be the first Fibrecity in the UK after its first 30 homes will be connected to 100Mbps fibre optic network in March. 

In addition to 100Mbps broadband that is tens of times faster than standard connections, these first 30 homes will demonstrate the next generation services from IPTV to remote home security.

Fibrecity’s innovative patented FS System allows engineers to lay fibre optic cable in the sewer network. Using this existing channel means that the fibre can be laid up to 90% faster and with far less disruption than is caused by major road digging.

With a large student population and thriving business community, Fibrecity recognised that Bournemouth is a town that would truly benefit from connectivity speeds of up to 100Mbps. 

Besides, H2O Networks, Fibrecity's sister company had already built a fibre-optic network using the sewers in Bournemouth for the Borough Council so the Fibrecity team were able to build on this across the town.

Adrian Crook, commercial manager, Fibrecity said:

“Feedback has been very positive from both residents and businesses in Bournemouth and we are seeing a real appetite for next generation connectivity speeds. We are in the process of signing up residents and businesses to connect to the network and we have already achieved a 40 per cent take up in the first phase of the roll out.”

The fibre optic network is being built at the expense of Fibrecity Holdings, which plans to complete the work on Fibrecity Bournemouth by the end of 2010. 

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