Bournemouth Council's broadband streaming from the sewers


I’ll leave aside toilet-humour jokes about what many consumers think about their broadband service, and instead move straight on to reporting that Bournemouth Borough Council has begun laying fibre-optic cable for broadband through the town’s sewer network.

Around 1,400 metres of cabling has been laid, using ready-made ducts to push the cable through. The logic is that by using existing piping in this way, disruption from digging up roads is kept to a minimum, with time and money being saved.

The Council’s cabling will primarily be used a back-up to BT’s existing network. The armoured cabling is supposed to be strong enough to withstand sewer rats attempting to chew through it.

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Andy Merrett