Students at University of Bath set to take advantage of next generation broadband speeds

The University of Bath has just made learning more accessible for all its students thanks to a revolutionary, high bandwidth connectivity made possible by H2O Networks’ FS Focus System.

Now, both those students who are resident on campus and those attending one of the University’s city centre student residencies and business centres can benefit from the speeds associated with next generation broadband. H2O Networks’ DARC fibre (Derestricted Access Route Connection), which delivers connectivity via its FS Focus System (Fibre Optical Cable Underground Sewer System), is used to deploy the cable through the City’s sewer network.

Keen not to cause too much disruption to the local area while the ultra broadband service was being rolled out to both the campus, students residences and education centres, the University’s IT department was delighted that it could provide students with the fastest speeds available, yet still set up its own secure IT and telecoms network without the disruption caused by traditional cabling methods.

Kris Shah, network manager, University of Bath commented: “It was important to us to ensure that all students attending the University could benefit from the same technology. H2O Networks’ revolutionary service has allowed this and it was also delivered quickly without the need to dig up Bath’s roads during the busy summer tourist season.

He continued: “Now all students attending the University of Bath regardless of whether they are on or off campus will be able to take advantage of ultra fast broadband access which is both reliable and scaleable for at least the next decade. The new service now offers the kinds of bandwidth that students will really appreciate when it comes to research and entertainment.” Elfed Thomas, managing director, H2O Networks commented: “While universities strive to provide students with the best learning environment possible, cost and pricing models will often dictate the choice made. With our FS Focus System we are offering high bandwidth via an environmentally friendly network, through a fixed low cost rental model. Our solution addresses all the issues affecting public sector purchasing decisions today.”

As existing networks become increasingly congested with more cable types, it has become difficult for network companies to find new pathways. The revolutionary new development by H2O Networks allows universities to use the sewer network to set up their own secure IT and telecoms network, rather than the traditional, disruptive method of digging up roads.

The deployment process is at least 80 per cent faster than traditional methods, resulting in operational networks within weeks rather than months. Every city and town has ready-made ducts that can be used without causing disruption. H2O’s approach not only allows for quick installation it also provides unlimited bandwidth.