University of Aberdeen’s student village gets wired for broadband via the sewer

University welcomes new and returning students with Internet access

St Asaph, UK, 26th July 2007: Following a deal with H2O Networks, the University of Aberdeen plans to welcome new and returning students with a new high bandwidth Internet network at the start of the autumn term. H2O Network’s revolutionary FS Focus System (Fibre Optical Cable Underground Sewer System) will provide the University of Aberdeen with a high capacity link for the next 10 years, enabling students to access the internet in their bedrooms in University halls of residence, improving the overall student living experience and widening the choice of studying options available to students.

Garry Wardrope, network services manager, University of Aberdeen comments: “Making University life as rich as possible for our students is the main aim of everything we do. When embarking on our ‘Internet to room’ project we wanted a cost-effective method that would offer the kind of bandwidth students demand when researching for course projects or writing their dissertations.”

“H2O’s FS Focus System offers high bandwidth at a price model that makes sense – this coupled with the innovative nature of the ‘fibre via the sewer’ network makes the overall H2O proposition an exciting one.”

As existing networks become increasingly congested with more cable types, it has become difficult for network companies to find new pathways. The revolutionary new development by H2O Networks allows universities to use the sewer network to set up their own secure IT and telecom network, rather than the traditional, disruptive method of digging up roads.

The deployment process is a least 80 per cent faster than traditional methods, resulting in operational networks within weeks rather than months. Every city and town has ready-made ducts that can be used without causing disruption. H2O’s approach not only allows for quick installation it also provides unlimited bandwidth.

Elfed Thomas, managing director, H2O Networks comments: “While universities strive to provide students with the best learning environment possible, cost and pricing models will often dictate the choice made. With our FS Focus System we are offering high bandwidth via an environmentally friendly network, through a fixed low cost rental model. Our solution addresses all the issues affecting public sector purchasing decisions today.”

Media Focus on H2O Networks

The media spotlight has been shining on H2O Networks, courtesy of the BBC. A BBC camera crew joined the H2O team to see how the innovative method of laying fibre in the sewer system could be the foundation of the revolution in broadband speed. Highlighting the environmental benefits of using FS (H2O’s Focus System) the piece was shown on Working Lunch. Watch it now and click onto watch report under sewer service.

On the BBC’s website an interview with H2O’s MD Elfed Thomas gives an insight into why H2O is leading the delivery of the UK’s push for faster broadband speeds

Fibrecity Webite Launched

The new concept in high speed internet, Fibrecity has been launched and has already had a massive response, being featured on the homepage of the BBC website, the new website has been launched, with much more to follow soon.

H2O Networks expands Scottish team

H2O Networks, the specialist provider of fibre optic networks via the UK’s sewer system, today announced the appointment of David Elliott as regional sales manager for Scotland. Elliott brings with him over 20 years sales experience gained in the IT and telecoms sector.

Elfed Thomas, managing director, H2O Networks, said: “Scotland is a key sales area for us, with many organisations, such as Aberdeen and Napier Universities already taking advantage of our offering. Because Scottish Water is owned by the Government and we already have an agreement in place with them to use their sewer network, the growth potential for H2O Networks in this region is tremendous.

He continues: “David Elliott’s appointment is a real bonus to the company as he has vast experience in this sector and has a full understanding of the Scottish market place.”

Elliott comments: “I am extremely excited about joining such a forward thinking organisation. H2O Networks bespoke, future-proofed networks are unique and I hope my previous experience and contacts will lead to some fantastic opportunities for the company.

He continues: “H2O Networks proposition works especially well in Scotland due to its environmental benefits. As Many of Scotland’s major cities are tourist attractions so any fibre deployment method which shy away from digging up the roads and the ensuing chaos this causes is extremely welcome.”

Prior to joining H2O Networks, Elliott was responsible for business development and full sales life cycle telephony systems at BT. He also worked with Kingston Communications for over ten years where he was responsible for full end-to-end business development and client management.

H2O Network’s Focus (Fibre Optical Cable Underground Sewer) System can be implemented 80% faster than traditional methods and there is no need for the complex negotiations that come with getting the permission to dig up the roads and pavements.

As existing networks become increasingly congested with cables of all types, it has become much more difficult for network companies to find new pathways. By using the ready made channels in the sewers, organisations can set up their own IT and telecoms networks with virtually unlimited bandwidth, future proofing their requirements.

Dundee residents and businesses invited to opt in to Scotland’s first Fibrecity

The City of discovery to benefit from the fastest communications network in Europe.

Fibrecity has today announced that residents and businesses in the City of Dundee have been invited to connect to its city-wide fibre optic communications network for free via an opt in campaign that will run over the next 12 months.

The fibre optic network, which is being built at the expense of Fibrecity Holdings at a cost of £30 million, will allow more than 70,000 households and businesses in the City to benefit from next generation services including super fast broadband of up to 100Mbps ? this is typically tens of times faster than other services currently offered on the market.

The initiative will be Scotland’s largest fibre to the home (FTTH) network which means that households will be able to download and upload files, videos and emails far quicker than ever before.

In addition to super fast broadband, residents and businesses opting in to Fibrecity Dundee will be given the opportunity to benefit from a wide choice of services including IPTV, remote medical monitoring, home automation and remote home security.

Fibrecity Dundee will use a proportion of Scottish Water?s waste water network to lay the fibre optic cable across the city. The initiative will create employment in the city and Fibrecity will open a regional office. This pioneering initiative¹ has the potential to be rolled out across Scotland.

Elfed Thomas, CEO, H2O Networks Group said: “We are leading the way where other, far bigger organisations have failed to deliver. Broadband speeds are often slow and unreliable and the Government has already voiced its concerns about this. Fibrecity Dundee will allow businesses and homes to use media rich services including video and IPTV which require large bandwidth.”

Convener of Dundee City Council’s economic development committee, Lord Provost John Letford said: “As an early adopter of new technologies and as a community with a high proportion of broadband users, both in private homes and commercial premises, it is entirely fitting that we should be chosen as the first place in Scotland to have access to this new development. I am sure that having the choice of faster download and upload speeds will be an incentive for anyone considering investing in Dundee.”

The campaign has been designed to create awareness in Dundee about Fibrecity and the benefits it will bring to the City. Eligible premises will receive an invite through the post which will detail how they can sign up to this pioneering project. They include:

  • Fill in the tear off slip on the invite letter and return to 3 The Parks, Newton Le Willows, Merseyside, WA12 0JQ
  • Visit fibrecity and fill in the online form
  • Call freephone 0800 95 4 20 20 to request a pack
  • Visit the exhibition at the Wellgate Centre from 26th January to 24th May
  • A team of Fibrecity advisors will also be out and around the City to answer any queries that residents and businesses may have.

Work has already started on Fibrecity Bournemouth which has seen a large number of residents and businesses opt in to the initiative over the last couple of months. Work on Fibrecity Dundee will start this summer and will take approximately two years to roll out.

Fibrecity is not a service provider and it will announce which companies will be delivering the next generation services as this information becomes available.