Saving Council Tax Payers money and the environment

Bournemouth Borough Council uses UK sewer network for new cabling infrastructure
When Bournemouth Borough Council was looking into implementing a new communications infrastructure it turned to the sewer system and H2O Networks, part of the i3 Group, for a unique, cost-effective solution that would be up and running in a short space of time.

Bournemouth in Dorset, is one of the UK’s premier coastal towns, boasting seven miles of golden beaches. Architectural heritage and tourism define the town and make up a significant part of the local economy.

Bournemouth Borough Council is the town's elected local government service provider and sets policies for the town. The Council employs approximately 5,000 staff and serves 164,000 people.

Challenge

Bournemouth Town Hall and Bournemouth International Centre (BIC) are two key locations for the Council. The Town Hall and surrounding offices house the Council’s 5,000 staff and the BIC plays host to major events including political party conferences, pop concerts and comedy shows.

The Council needed to ensure that there was a robust and secure communications infrastructure running between the two locations in order to cope with high communications demand at the time of such events.

Digging up roads for laying pipe and cable for traditional communications networks, impacts on the environment and happens more than four million times a year at a cost of £1 billion. There are countless stories and examples of traffic congestion in town and city centres, disrupting local businesses, inconveniencing travellers and affecting tourism – Bournemouth could not afford to have this amount of disruption.

When the Council started to look into partners for its new communications infrastructure it came across H2O Networks, the specialist provider of fibre optic networks via the UK’s sewer system.

Solution
As existing networks become increasingly congested with cables of all types, it has become much more difficult for network companies to find new pathways.

Through its FS System, H2O Networks utilises the UK’s sewer network to deploy fibre optic cable and set up IT and telecoms networks with virtually unlimited bandwidth.

The FS System offers a fast and cost-effective way to lay fibre optic cable and link up any location without the high costs and disruption caused by traditional cabling methods.

Results
Bob Rhodes, IT Project manager, Bournemouth Borough Council comments: “In partnership with H2O Networks we are making a tremendous cost saving, meaning that we can put Council Tax payers’ money to better use. Using the sewer network is also a more environmentally friendly way to lay the fibre optic cable, and it makes sense to utilise the existing sewer network that’s right under our noses.”

The deployment process is at least 80 per cent faster than traditional methods. The Council’s new communications network was operational in just over a week with no need for the complex negotiations that come with getting permission to dig up roads and pavements. The traditional method of deploying cable would have taken up to six months.

With the costs to lay ducts in any main street running at £70-£120 per metre the savings are obvious. The Council has been able to obtain a fibre with unlimited bandwidth, for a fraction of the cost major cable companies could offer.

The network also has the advantage that alternative routes from the building are available, so any telecom carrier ducts that could be damaged will not take out the complete data network.

Rhodes adds: “The fact that it only took one week to implement is incredible. Compare this to the traditional method of digging up the roads to lay the cable, which would have taken months and the value of H2O Networks’ model speaks for itself.”

In addition to the cost and environmental savings, had the traditional method of digging up the roads been employed, the local residents of Bournemouth and visitors to the area would have suffered from extremely serious congestion, due to the nature of the road infrastructure. This would have had a serious impact on tourism and the local economy.

Rhodes continues: “Bournemouth is a town with a lot of tourism and architectural heritage, so it’s great that we are using the local sewer network to the benefit of local industry and the environment. The H2O method has actually prevented any damage to either.”

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“In partnership with H2O Networks we are making a tremendous cost saving, meaning that we can put Council Tax payers’ money to better use. Using the sewer network is also a more environmentally friendly way to lay the fibre optic cable, and it makes sense to utilise the existing sewer network that’s right under our noses.”
Bob Rhodes, IT Project manager, Bournemouth Borough Council

Challenge
To implement a robust and secure communications cabling infrastructure between Bournemouth International Centre and Bournemouth Town Hall

Solution
Utilising the local sewer network through H2O Networks’ FS System. A fast and cost-effective way to lay fibre optic cable and link up any location without the high costs and disruption caused by traditional cabling methods

Results
Robust, secure and future-proof link between two key locations; Bournemouth Town Hall and Bournemouth International Centre
The Council’s new communications network was operational in just over a week, whereas the traditional method of deploying cable would have taken months
There was no need for the complex negotiations that come with getting permission to dig up roads and pavements

About i3 Group (formerly H2O Networks Group)

Formed in 2002, i3 Group (formerly H2O Networks Group) is a pioneer of deploying dark fibre in the UK’s waste water network to enable connectivity. Its patented FS (Fibre Optical Cable Underground Sewer) System is a fast and cost-effective way to lay fibre optic cable and link up any location without the high costs and disruption caused by traditional cabling methods.

i3 Group is comprised of: Fibrecity Holdings, H2O Networks, H2O International, Innovation Centre and World Wide Distribution Centre.

Fibrecity provides connectivity to entire towns and cities. It delivers a fibre optic network capable of delivering next generation services, including broadband of up to 100Mbps, to every business, organisation and citizen in the vicinity.

H2O Networks provides business networks using Darc (Derestricted Access Route Connections), a fibre solution that allows businesses and organisations to realise their full potential, while preserving the environment in which they operate.

H2O International is working with trusted partners to make the reality of super fast communications accessible to areas that have limited or no connectivity as well as those that require next generation access.

For more information
For further information please visit: www.h2o-networks.uk.net or www.fibrecity.eu