CAMBRIDGE,UK – Residents of the Cambridgeshire village of Papworth are trialling an innovative new way of rolling-out superfast broadband, thanks to a pioneering engineering method developed by John Henry Group.
The approach, called narrow-trenching, reduces the width of the trench used to lay fibre cables from around 40cm to just 10cm and enables engineers to cover up to 100m in a day, making it more than twice as fast as current methods and is has allowed for superfast 1Gb broadband to the village and using a new method which could reduce the cost of any network roll-out by 33%.
About 100 households in Papworth will be able to sign up for a supercharged 1Gb trial service, enabling them to surf the web at supersonic speeds, downloading a HD movie in just 42 seconds. Hundreds more households across Papworth will be able to enjoy 152Mb broadband from Virgin Media, the UK’s fastest widely available broadband.
Paul Buttery, Virgin Media’s Chief Customer, Networks and Technology Officer, said: “Virgin Media continues to push the boundaries of broadband, launching the UK’s first superfast service in 2008 and boosting Virgin Media homes yet again with 152Mb broadband launched this year. We know our network is unbeatable and we are excited to bring 1Gb to the people of Papworth as they help us explore a new way of rolling out our network faster and more cost-effectively.”
Secretary of State for Culture Media and Sport Sajid Javid said: “Virgin Media is to be commended for their continued exploration and development of new technologies which are helping transform the UK’s digital landscape. Virgin Media’s continued investment in the expansion of their network, together with Government’s own rollout of superfast broadband to rural areas, is already playing a significant role in driving the UK’s economic growth.”
Nicola Debnam, Head of Local Infrastructure and Street Management, Cambridgeshire County Council, said: “Cambridgeshire County Council welcomes the commercial provision of fibre broadband and supports new innovation in bringing broadband services to the county. This complements our Connecting Cambridgeshire partnership programme to improve the county’s digital infrastructure to drive economic growth and ensure businesses, residents and public services can make the most of opportunities offered by the digital age. Rolling-out fibre broadband is a complex engineering challenge and the Council welcomes the development of the new trenching techniques such as these being trialled by Virgin Media and John Henry Group, which can help to minimise disruption to highways and the environment while improving the network.”