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Atlantis Hydrotec fibre network expansion underway in rural Spain

CRALEY Group is pleased to announce that Phase Three of the Barcelona rural fibre broadband roll-out is well under way.

Phase Three is the addition of new break-out points from the main water pipe trunk network, and the connection out to all of the rural homes, farms, factories and schools in the region north of the Catalonian town of Vic.

CRALEY Group is working with local partner Fibraigua to implement the new schedule of works.

The rural area is connected by an Atlantis Hydrotec T-Series solution which deploys fibre through the main water trunk pipe network using its ‘pipe-in-a-pipe’ technology.

Since the service went live there has been a huge surge of interest locally to get connected to the ultra-fast fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network. There were already some 16 break-out locations off the core, but high demand has meant that existing links will be sub-divided further to provide additional connection possibilities.

Due to the very flexible nature of the Atlantis T-Series solution, providing these additional break-outs is very rapid and cost-effective, for example a 1,500m link had three additional break-out locations along the run provided within just one day’s work.

Most properties have access tracks in the range of 250m to 1,000m long, so this would present a big challenge and high cost using traditional trenching techniques. However, using the new Atlantis M-Series product these long drive-way distances can be achieved in a record time and at a world-beating low cost. The Atlantis M-Series solution allows a small bore pipe to be installed in the property water feed pipe and the fibre communications cable to be installed within it. As an example of working rate, a 750m run has been installed in less than five hours and a 250m run in a record-breaking one hour, with no trenching, digging or disruption for the property owner, and of course any risk and liability of strikes to other services is completely removed.

The region is noted for the distinguished and very old properties, many dating back to the 17th and 18thcenturies, a true quality of life location, but the broadband availability has been either very poor or non-existent. Now however homes, farms, businesses and schools can connect at a starting speed of 100Mbs symmetrical, with 1Gbs symmetrical already available too. According to one farmer recently now enjoying a 100MBs service “This is already a complete life-changer for us, the difference compared with our previous service is almost unbelievable”

Mayor of the region Joan Rocca stated “This dramatic improvement in broadband is going to be of huge help in stimulating economic growth in our region and improving the lives and well-being of the citizens. I am very proud of what we have achieved here in Vic – showing the rest of the world that we are embracing the very best of leading edge technology to deliver fibre.”

According to Joan Vilaseca, who heads up the fibre delivery division of ATCA “I am delighted with the success of the project in Vic so far. We now have many other towns and cities in Catalonia contacting us to see how we can provide similar fibre roll-outs for them using the water infrastructure – it’s going to be a very busy time for us at ATCA!”

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