H2O Ireland - Using the past to connect the future

Landmark Project Delivered in Co. Louth

15 May 2010

H2O Ireland Limited has delivered the first project of its kind in Ireland, installing a future proof, next generation fibre optic network within the existing sewer system.

The patented technique, known as the FS System (Fibre Optical Underground Sewer System), has been developed by the company group as a safe and secure method of building fibre optic networks. FS uniquely and innovatively utilises Ireland’s extensive wastewater network to install these much needed fibre optic networks

Installing fibre through these ready-made ducts that exist in all towns in Ireland is very cheap and very effective, particularly for “the last mile”.

The project in Dundalk was carried out for Dundalk Town Council, at the behest of Louth County Council and consisted of 2700m of fibre installation, of which 2000m was installed in the sewers. This represented over 70% sewer utilisation, which significantly reduced disruption to traffic and the public, and at the same time minimised the environmental consequences of traditional open-cut.

The fibre network was installed to provide virtually unlimited connectivity to 6 No. council buildings for a 10-year agreement, which represents the very first sewer installation of this type on the Island of Ireland. The project has 17 No. strategic ‘breakout points’ for connection to nearby schools and commerce.

The project was launched on 13th April, 2010 at Louth Council’s County Hall and representatives from other councils included Sligo, Mayo, Fingal, Newry & Mourne. Also in attendance were representatives from Fine Gael, spokesperson for transport and marine for Fine Gael, and Louth councillor Peter Savage.

Louth Council’s Director of Services Michael Curran said “Telecommunications holds a central role within Ireland’s economic development, and broadband as an enabler of economic activity. We are delighted to now be serviced by H2O Irelands innovative dark fibre connectivity, and we see this a as a platform for next generation networks for Dundalk homes and businesses in the future”

H2O Ireland’s Director Barry McAllister stated “because the sewers are ready made ducts for our fibre, we were able to roll out the network much faster and cheaper”. He added “we would like to thank Dundalk council for having the foresight to use our technology to benefit not only themselves but eventually the surrounding businesses and homes.” 

H2O Ireland is planning to install a similar fibre network in Enniskillen ­­­for Fermanagh Council, which will be the first fibre sewer install in Northern Ireland.
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