About LincsFibre

Who?

There are individuals and business within the community that have many of the required skills, experience, tools and equipment that is required to install and maintain the network. We would like to hope that they would come forward and help.Whilst the main infrastructure will be coordinated and overseen by LincsFibre, in order to keep the build costs down, we are asking that the homeowner either installs themselves or arranges to have installed their own duct from the property boundary to the house. This can be installed simply with a shallow trench, it is also possible, though not recommended, that it can be installed on the surface, or a combination of both. LincsFibre will provide the ducting.

Why?

In an ideal world, it would not be necessary to do this, but at present, broadband speeds are just too slow and rural communities are in danger of being left behind.
The big communication companies are simply saying it is not commercially viable for them to connect rural communities. Other schemes that operate in the country are proving that it can be viable and will soon start reinvesting the profits back to the community whilst continuing to expand to help others.

 

What?

At present cable broadband outside of the village and any distance within the village is slow at best or non-existent at worst. The proposed scheme is to install fibre optic broadband, not to the cabinet, as it is at present, but to install fibre optic cabling direct to the home thereby avoiding signal loss leading to loss in speed.

The current proposal is for a single package, however this may change, connection speed of one of 1Gbs (1000Mbs) both upload and download. This is some 10 times faster than anything that is currently on offer in the village.

This speed will be the speeds that will be achieved by the end user within their home, it will not be affected by how far you are away from the cabinet and is not an ‘up to’ speed.

 

Rural Broadband Appleby

Fibre to the Home (FTTH)

Maximum Speed

1Gbs/1000Mbs

Guaranteed Speed

1Gbs/1000Mbs

Monthly Cost

£50.00

On-off Setup

£150.00

There is also the option to do away with your existing ‘land line’ and have a Voice Over Internet Protocol – VOIP. Sending voice over the Internet in a similar way to skype, it allows you to keep your existing number and phones. There are several options; just pay for the calls you make, or pay a small monthly fee (currently £8.50 per month) for unlimited UK Landline calls.

Similar schemes to this have been installed in other parts of the country and continue to expand with great success.

 

How?

A village cabinet, referred to as the village node, is installed somewhere within the village, from there, ducts are installed to chambers buried within paths & verges around the area. From this, smaller ducts are installed to each individual property. This enters the house through a small box and to the router mounting plate. Once installed, fibre optic cables are passed down them in a process called ‘blowing’, which pushes the fibre optic cable down the duct using compressed air. When the fibre is in the house to mounting plate it is terminate into a connector over which a wireless modem router is fitted.

By installing fibre optic cabling all the way to the home,  as greater speeds become required, this can be achieved by simply swapping the equipment at either end without having to replace the infrastructure.

The ducts that are installed can be installed with minimal disruption using techniques such as mole ploughing. A video of another community installing fibre optic ducting via mole ploughing below.

Fibre can be blown in to the ducts under compressed air. These can be distances up to 2km. A video of B4RN blowing a fibre optic cable is shown below.

Will it really work?

B4RN, Broadband for the Rural North based in Lancashire, UK, started out in 2012 to combat the same problem. They were originally planning to cover 23 parishes. At time of writing, they are now live, installing or planning to cover 60 parishes. They are expanding at a tremendous rate; in April 2016 they had 1654 properties connected. A year later in April 2017, they had 2846 properties an increase of about 1192 in just 12 months and they are not stopping there, aiming to connect another 2000 customers this year!

They are not just providing Internet connections though, they are also creating jobs! In 2014 they employed 1 person. 3 years later they are employing 15 and are looking to recruit more.

Whist we are looking to start smaller, the network design allows for easy expansion into other areas allowing other communities to receive true fibre optic broadband and the speeds that go with it.