Drone used to bring broadband to Welsh village

Openreach came up with the plan after seeing the surrounding terrain.

BT subsidiary Openreach has used a drone to bring ultrafast broadband to an isolated Welsh village.

Located in the scenic Ceiriog Valley in Northern Wales, the small village of Pontfadog previously struggled to get speeds of any more than a few megabits.

The terrain surrounding the village is extremely rugged which made erecting any green street cabinets or digging trenches in order to lay fibre optic cables an impossibility.

Instead, engineers at Openreach formulated a plan to improve the state of Pontfadog’s broadband using the latest in drone technology.

As the device wasn’t big enough to lift the incredibly heavy fibre optic cables up between the telegraph poles, it was first used to string a length of 100m (or 328ft) fishing wire across them.

This fishing line was then attached to a draw rope, which in turn was secured to the fibre optic cables, and then pulled along the route the drone had already forged.

“It's a bit different to connecting an apartment block in London, that's for sure," said Openreach’s chief engineer Andy Whale.

The whole process only took the Openreach team a little over an hour and now means that the village’s twenty homes are now able to access broadband speeds of up to an impressive 1Gbps.

Source: BBC 

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