Tendring council sends data down the sewers

Tendring District Council is using its sewer system to improve its communications network.

Tendring District Council is using its sewer system to improve its communications network.

H2O Networks, a provider of fibre optic networks via the UK's sewer system, has completed the roll-out of a communications infrastructure at Tendring District Council.

The new infrastructure will provide a high-speed data link between the council's town hall, leisure centre and council depot.

Using the sewers meant local roads never had to be dug up to deliver the improved fibre-based communications.

"When looking for a partner to replace this part of our communication infrastructure, we were keen to ensure that disruption was kept to an absolute minimum. We were also looking for a cost-effective, high-capacity, resilient system that would link our three locations," said Tom Canfield, strategic ICT manager at Tendring District Council.

"We were able to make significant capital cost savings by partnering with H2O Networks, as its deployment method is at least 80% faster than traditional cabling companies. This meant the work was completed very quickly and cost us considerably less than had we gone down the traditional route," he said.

The fibre cable is fixed into the sewer, which lies at depths of up to 5m below the ground compared with 450mm for conventional cables.

This makes the infrastructure more secure, which means that businesses and organisations are unlikely to suffer downtime due to severed cables.

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