Fiber Optic plan down the Sewer

Sewer DuctGoing down the sewer is a shitty business, quite literally. However a partnership between fiber telecommunications provider i3 Group and Wessex Water was going to at least provide the sewer system with high speed Internet. Specifically they planned on using the sewer system to roll out at a quite cost effective rate, fiber optical communication systems. The trial that was looking to start in Bournmouth however that has been cancelled.

Wessex Water has stated that they have withdrawn from the proposed plan as the plan was not really in their financial interest or benefit. BT on the other hand have agreed to open up its network of ducts to allow competitors access to roll out their own networks. Something tells me this may be more to threats from industrial regulators than BT being good natured.

In response i3 Group has indicated that they think Wessex Water has been short sighted in rejecting the plan which would benefit albeit indirectly their own customers. Many companies, including Virgin media are looking for alternative ways to roll out services. Virgin recently developed a proof of concept over electrical poles system.

Wessex Water on the other hand have said that they are still open to negotiations and proposals from other firms that seems to be more in their financial interest so at least they are not outright rolling out the idea of cooperation with fiber roll out which should be encouraged at all levels.


News Technology

Ultra-Fast Silicon Optical Network

Optical Fiber I was recently observing that Fiber to the Home trials are under way – its a good step albeit many years late. Today Intel have decided to show off their new toy for the networking sector.

Silicon Optical Fiber its a system that uses the advantages of silicon production: cost and speed of production most notably with the speed and power of fiber.

This prototype network can run at 50Gbps and they have successfully been using it at 40Gbps with theoretical speeds of 1Tbps achievable.

Previously in optical networks, dedicated components were needed for the detection and initiation of the optical signal.

“Because silicon is translucent at infrared wavelengths, portions of a chip can be used to create waveguides, mirrors, prisms and other optical components, with Intel’s design of indium phosphide/silicon laser producing light that can be tuned by setting up different patterns of gratings on-chip.”

Intel Explains

The new technology is integrated at the silicon level which upon reaching mass production should prove to bring extremely fast Intel Fiber Optic Chipnetworking down to very low costs. Likely this technology will become mainstream for wired networks in the near future. Future expansion could see this technology kick start moores law which has been seen to be failing lately, integrating high speed communications far in excess of current silicon is capable of at processor and circuit board levels.

Intel do have other Optical Based research projects on going this may be the first of many significant advancements in optical computer networks.



High speed everywhere but here.

Internet CablesNot too many years ago many of us were sitting starting at our 56kbps modems wondering if this dial up was the one that would get us connected. I remember the day when broadband was finally rolled out to my village, I was hung over and slept through most of the event.

My freind’s dad worked with BT and he had informed me they had actually done the work weeks before but just had not got around to turning it on yet. How typical of BT. Well that day i was very excited at my first 512kbps connection it seemed unimaginablly fast.

Several years on and the technology has clearly improved, i now am sitting on one of Virgin’s 50Mbps cable connections, and like that first day of broadband, this too seems extremely fast in comparition to my previous connection, a Sky Max 20Mbps connection which acted more like 8Mbps!