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BT fibre broadband rollout innovations hailed by Timico

Tuesday, November 8th 2011 by Paul France
Timico praises BT fibre broadband innovations

The new extra sharp spade developed by BT has been welcomed by Timico.

Unified communications provider Timico has welcomed a series of innovations from BT that are designed to speed up the rollout of fibre optic broadband.

The telecoms giant unveiled several advances in its latest quarterly financial report presentation, including a micro-trenching system for faster deployment in environmentally sensitive areas, conductive concrete and a new spade with extra sharp edges.

Speaking to the Daily Telegraph, a BT spokesman explained the spade allows engineers to cut through tarmac, meaning fibre optic cable installations can be completed in just two days rather than a week.

Among the other innovations is a power supply infrastructure that speeds up deployments by around two weeks and removes the need for meter installation visits.

Trefor Davies, chief technology officer at Timico, acknowledged some sources may not believe the developments are "particularly significant" but insisted they represent an important message.

"BT is trying to do something about the aspect of its business that is often criticised as being one of the barriers to cost-effective fibre rollout and that is the cost of digging trenches," he declared.

However, Mr Davies admitted he has no idea how the announcements will affect BT's overall fibre broadband rollout costs.

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