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Tuesday, February 03, 2004

 

U.K.: Scottish Water to deploy Fiber to the Throne in Rosyth

Scotsman.com reports that Scottish Water is deploying 2 km. of fiber optic cable in the its' sewer lines to link the Europarc office park in Rosyth with the help of Fibrelink, an Irish cabling company. The utility intends to do this elsewhere in Scotland. Thames Water in London is already using similar technology.

Unlike some other sewer cables, the cable to be used will be a sort of plastic coated OPGW (optical groundwire) almost an inch in diameter. While more expensive than other sewer cables, this cable can be placed directly in the sewer without the need to install special protective ducting. (Sewers are very harsh environments, both chemically and mechanically).

The BBC also has a story on the project.

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