A ‘high fibre’ breakfast


Consumers and businesses rely heavily on emerging technologies, such as mobility, cloud and analytics. According to IBM, roughly 2.5 quintillion bytes of data are produced each day, creating a tidal wave of information for businesses to battle against. One of the aims of the Super Connected Cities programme is to help small businesses grow and thrive, and Colt is one of the network providers helping to make it happen.

After starting out by creating a telecomms network in London in 1992, Colt’s state-of-the-art network now connects 47 metropolitan area networks, 205 cities and more than 22,500 buildings. But these networks don’t appear all by themselves. There is the somewhat fiddly matter of splicing the fibre, which two of Colt’s very own ‘cable guys’ from the service delivery team, Paul Terry (service delivery manager) and Terry Kurtenbach, were on hand to demonstrate.

My fellow journalists and I huddled round a manhole a stone’s throw from Canary Wharf, while Paul and Terry, and our host for the morning James Kershaw, director of SME at Colt, talked us through the process with a physical demonstration, before letting us have a go ourselves. It will be of no surprise that Paul and Terry’s slickness made our own attempts look clumsy, no doubt practice makes perfect.

The key facts below give an overview of Colt’s fibre splicing activities:

– 12 units of 12 inside one fibre joint
– A loss of over 0.2dB during the splicing procedure is deemed unfit for use and has to be discardeD
– 144 fibres in each cable – this is the most manageable number for the cable guys to handle in a single joint
– 1,000 buildings a year are Colt connected. This is demand led as consumers migrate into areas and buildings where Colt is to supply the connection

To find out more about Colt’s network capabilities and how to apply for the Broadband Connection voucher scheme visit: www.colt.net/government-connection-vouchers

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