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John Henry Communications, part of the John Henry Group combined three decades of knowledge to deliver superfast broadband to 1,200 homes the Cambridgeshire village of Papworth. Our narrow trenching expertise is currently a patent pending.


John Henry Communications designed narrow trenching techniques for Virgin Media, with the aim signicantly reducing the cost and deployment time of fibre networks.


John Henry Communications combines civil engineering and fibre network knowledge for FTTx network deployments, turnkey upgrades and growth projects. This particular project pioneered narrow trenching techniques to significantly speed up the delivery time of fibre network deployment, whilst cutting the cost. Using new techniques and tools, we were able to reduce the width of a fibre trench without complex machinery – which may be prone to breaking down – to reduce project costs. During the proecss we also mapped the project using Geo-sight technology to monitor progression, performance and costs.


Our narrow trenching technique is now being used across John Henry Group’s fibre network projects in the UK and is currently pending patent protection.  Due to its technical success, this project was high profile and received critial acclaim from the national media, the local councils and the Secretary of State.

*As a trusted partner to major ISPs and telco organisations for three decades, John Henry Group is the first port of call for all-scale FTTx network solutions, maintenance, turn-key upgrage and growth projects. For more information about construction, maintenance and upgrade solutions to fibre networks, please click the link below.

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*Pictures featured are of John Henry Group personnel and are property of Virgin Media and are used with kind permission.