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Optical Fibre in Community projects. Uses and Options. To keep in mind………. Anything is technically possible. If you can afford it……. Elementary……. This session is about Fibre. It’s good for you, but not too technical !. What is Fibre ?. People tend to think of fibre like this….

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Optical Fibre in Community projects

Uses and Options

To keep in mind………

  • Anything is technically possible.

  • If you can afford it…….

  • Elementary……

This session is about Fibre

It’s good for you, but not too technical !

What is Fibre ?

  • People tend to think of fibre like this…..

But it’s not much use unless there is some equipment at each end.

  • You can add it yourself

    • 1Gbps relatively cheap (per port)

    • 10Gbps not so cheap

    • 100Gps very expensive

  • Or you can rent the whole thing as a fibre based “product”

    • 10Mbps

    • 100Mbps

    • 1000Mbps “the Gig”

What we like about fibre….

  • It has very high capacity (it’s fast)

  • It is very reliable.

  • It is immune to electro-magnetic interference.

  • It is not affected by weather.

  • It is future proof.

What we don’t like about fibre….

  • There is not much of it about (that is usable).

  • It is expensive to install.

  • The equipment that is needed to terminate and use the fibre is expensive.

  • This equipment must be housed somewhere

Which Means ….

  • It is deployed commercially where there will be a return on that high investment.

    • Core Networks (pretty much universal).

    • Backhaul (Except in rural/remote areas).

    • Access where the investment can be made.

    • There is a technology called PON used for high density deployments – but we will ignore that for now……

So how does it work for communities?

  • Crudely speaking - the more fibre the better.

    • You probably wont have a core.

    • It’s excellent as backhaul

      • Equally good mixed with high capacity wireless

    • Wonderful for access

      • If you can afford it


  • Assume you have a wireless access network

  • Adding fibre backhaul will make it fly.

    So where can I get some?

What can you afford?

  • Dig in you own?

    • From your network to where?

  • Or rent from a communications provider?

    • BT?

    • From your network to where?

  • Share with someone else?

    • A current CBS challenge

    • Where !?!!!

Where from is the question…

  • A commercial operators Point of Presence (PoP)

  • A local business who might want to share?

    • They could share the cost of install and rental.

  • A public sector site?

    • A work in progress! There’s lots to do here.

Getting a price from BTOR

  • They have all the Broadband Ingredients

    • But no Cake.

    • The ingredient you want is Ethernet Access Direct

    • 10, 100Mb – 25KM radial distance.

    • 1000Mb - 35KM radial distance

    • But you’ll have to find the other ingredients…..

Getting a price from BTOR

  • Go to


    • Enter the products you want and the postcodes of the a end and b end.

    • The Installation price is subject to survey.

    • But the rental is the key element with respect to sustainability.

Sharing a fibre




MPLS Cloud



Business VPN

Host Building

100 Mbps fibre



Fibre self dig

Practical Access by fibre

Covering off the access element..

  • A rare (but beautiful) form of community project….

  • Is relatively future proof

  • Has a more challenging business case….

  • But is generally viewed as “Future Proof”

  • A good example is B4RN in Lancashire

  • Or the developing B4GAL project in South Lanarkshire

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