[AusNOG] Brisbane gets "NBN" early??

John Lindsay JLindsay at internode.com.au
Fri Oct 15 10:42:08 EST 2010

When I learnt how voice interconnect works back in 1999 the course was conducted by a bloke who used to work for Colt in Europe who pioneered putting fibre in sewers.

He said that when you are a linesman for a sewer fibre carrier the thing you dread is a fibre break because in addition to your fibre splicing kit you may need scuba gear.


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On 15/10/2010, at 9:40 AM, Darren Moss wrote:

Let's hope the service doesn't suffer from brown outs.


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Subject: Re: [AusNOG] Brisbane gets "NBN" early??

On 14/10/2010 7:46 PM, Brent Paddon wrote:

Supposedly rolling out from early next year.  No other details yet.  Anyone know of the firm involved?

The original announcements in 2009 were for a group called 'H20 Networks' as an offshoot of the i3 group, which is a UK firm specialising in sewer deployments.

see http://www.h2o-networks.com/ for the UK parent firm, and http://www.h2onetworks.com.au/ for the Australian (Brisbane) website.

H2O networks have been doing this a while around the world, and been reported on in Australia back to 2008:


and from 2006 when they first announced their Fibre Optical Underground Sewer System - http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1-153766470.html (can't find the full announcement)

It all seems to be the brainchild of one Elfed Thomas who talks about it here http://lifestyle.hexus.net/content/item.php?item=11352, who is also CEO of i3 Group (or was in July 2010), so i3 and H20 networks appears to be fairly interchangable.

>From the reading I've done, it looks like an i3/H20 proposal after much lobbying and demonstrations being given permission to build and pay for the network, rather than an initiaitive driven by BCC.



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