Broadband cables to be fed by UAE mains in new deal to speed up internet connections
- The program aims to roll out high-speed broadband to 8,500 homes and businesses
- The use of water pipes would reduce the need for disruptive works
- Cable sensors will also be used to help the water industry detect leaks
- The Yorkshire Water pilot will run in pipelines between Barnsley and Penistone
Broadband cables will run through 11 miles of water pipes in South Yorkshire in a bid to improve internet speeds.
The program aims to roll out high-speed broadband to 8,500 homes and businesses without having to dig roads or carry out other disruptive works.
Sensors on the fiber optic cables will also be used to help the water industry detect any leaks.
The two-year Yorkshire Water pilot project will run in live drinking water mains between Barnsley and Penistone.
Broadband cables will run over 11 miles of water mains between Barnsley and Penistone in South Yorkshire in a bid to improve internet speeds (stock image)
If successful, it could be used more widely from 2024. Civil works – such as the installation of new ducts and poles – can add four-fifths to the cost of installing new high-speed broadband .
The government says the scheme could be a “greener, faster and more cost-effective” way to connect fiber optic cables to homes and businesses.
In the UK, a fifth of the water put into the public supply is wasted every day due to leaks – but water companies are currently struggling to pinpoint the exact locations of leaks.
It is hoped that the new sensors will improve the “speed and accuracy” of detecting the leak and, in doing so, help water companies meet their pledge to reduce leaks by 50%.
“Digging roads and land is one of the biggest obstacles to deploying faster broadband, so we’re exploring how we can use the existing water network to speed up deployment and help detect and minimize leaks. water,” said Julia Lopez, Minister of Digital Infrastructure. noted.
“We are committed to connecting homes and businesses across the country to better broadband and this cutting-edge project is an exciting example of the bold steps this government is taking to upgrade communities with the best digital connectivity.