Nov 14, 2017

SSE goes low-tech to speed up London broadband speeds

The London sewer network is to be co-opted to improve broadband speeds for companies in the capital after Thames Water struck an agreement with SSE Enterprise Telecoms to open up its Victorian-era tunnels to telecoms lines. The telecoms division of energy company SSE said on Tuesday that using the tunnels to lay fibre-optic cables was 60 per cent cheaper and 10 times faster than digging up the roads. Mike Magee, director of service solutions at SSE Enterprise Telecoms, said the company would initially work with Thames Water to install new lines serving the West End and the City of London. The rental deal with the water company also opens up large tunnels stretching out as far as Swindon and the two companies will work together to develop a system to run fibre cables through smaller water pipes. SSE is the only UK energy company to have retained its telecoms arm, which provides managed services to its sister companies and installs equipment to connect wind tunnels and hydro dams.

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