Bournemouth Loves Its Crappy Internet Service

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News Posted: Tue, May 13 2008 7:42 AM

Bournemouth, England is getting a big upgrade on their Internet infrastructure. It's the first town in the UK to get a certain kind of fiber-optic service, with speeds up to 100Mbps. Of course fiber-optic Internet service isn't really news. It's the method of running the cable to everybody's home that has people talking. H2O Networks limited is running the cable through the sewerage system.

H2O has been offering the underground network to businesses and universities around the UK for several years and plans to create a nationwide network for consumers over the next few years.

It is also cheaper and more environmentally-friendly to use the UK's 360,000 miles of sewers rather than dig up roads to deploy the fibre.

Elfed Thomas, CEO of H2O Networks, added: "This is just the start of bringing next generation connectivity to the UK."

Think back on all the times you had to get down on the floor under your desk amidst all the dust bunnies to reconnect a cable you had kicked loose. Now picture troubleshooting a break in the fiber-optic line in Bournemouth.

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Knowing some civil engineers I feel a bit bad for those people who would have to venture down to the sewers to fix the cables.

And here's a question: is 100Mbps fast for fiber-optic? Because I've seen many (mostly university and lab) networks with 1Gbps+ speeds.
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Volatile replied on Tue, May 13 2008 12:41 PM
If that 100Mbps is what they're offering to the typical consumer, it is very fast. Verizon FiOS, which is, to my knowledge, the biggest fiberoptic internet network in the US, offers 5Mbps. The bigger advantage than the raw speed, however, is the consistency. I *never* experienced slowdown with FiOS, compared to constant slowdown with even the most expensive cable or DSL packages (which costed a good $50-80US more and were slower even on the best of days).
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C4L replied on Mon, May 19 2008 5:39 AM
In addition to this, will be running 100 Gbps of connectivity into Bournemouth prior to this service going live. We have plans to increase this to 800 Gbps when required (enough to run 400,000 homes on 100Mbps 50:1 ratio) which will significantly increase connectivity in Bournemouth and the local area. The core of this service will be at our Bournemouth data centre which will be launched later in the year. Here we are running the connectivity down to enable the most cost effective line solutions in time for the release of pricing. Circuits will be available back to London for any ISP’s wishing to use their own bandwidth/networks. We will also be offering 100Mbps, 1000Mbps and 10GigE 1:1 to premises for Business. More details will be provided soon.
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