University of Bath receives commendation for excellence in innovation in strategy at a local level.

H2O Networks is today celebrating the news that one of its customers, the University of Bath has been highly commended in the recent e-Government awards.

The University was recognised in the ‘Innovation in strategy at a local level’ category for its dark fibre network infrastructure deployed via Bath’s waste water pipes. H2O Networks worked with the University to design and build a fibre optic network that can deliver next generation services to benefit staff and students.

The e-Government awards recognise the best e-Government and technology-driven services ? services which, through innovative online delivery of IT implementation, have positively transformed the lives of citizens, local communities, business and stakeholder groups. The e-Government excellence: Innovation in strategy at a local level award commends those organisations that have delivered above-average results in improved services, transformed processes and results, and increased effectiveness.

Commenting on the accolade, Rod Angood, director of Bath University computing services said: “We are delighted to receive this commendation. When we decided to design a new network infrastructure we were keen that the build would cause minimal disruption to the local area. H2O Networks has built us a future-proofed network infrastructure by laying its dark fibre in the city’s sewers. Not only do we now have a robust, scalable network infrastructure capable of delivering super-fast connectivity speeds, we were able to achieve this using a more environmentally friendly method of deployment.”

Roy Shelton, UK sales director, H2O Networks said: “This commendation recognises the University of Bath’s forward thinking approach to its network infrastructure. Our deployment techniques use the sewers to offer a cost effective, faster alternative to the traditional methods of cabling. This avoids digging up roads and bringing traffic chaos to the local area which was very important to the team at the University.

H2O Networks is the pioneer of deploying dark fibre in the UK’s waste water network to enable connectivity. The company uses its patented FS (Fibre Optical Cable Underground Sewer) System to lay the cable underground.

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