On Friday 3rd of May 2019, just after 6.20 pm, an intense fire broke out in a workshop on the ground floor of the Strachan & Henshaw Building, Foundry Lane, Bristol. We have an interest in this building due to the sheer level of mobile and back-haul equipment on the roof. This is a major […]
All around the world, The Internet networks are converged and centralised in a number of data centres just in a few square miles, such as here in the UK, London is our internet hub with Canary Wharf in Dockland’s being home to many interconnections and data centres. Here in the South-West, Bristol is home to […]
Vodafone’s core network in Bristol is central to the city centre, with a PoP at 19A St Thomas Street and could be one of Bristol’s oldest IP hubs. This site was originally set up by Mercury Communications in 1987 as a core switching PoP for their mobile network. Later adopted by Cable & Wireless with […]
When the GTN was taking shape in 1999, Fibernet acquired the first floor, equipping it as a telecommunications PoP in the centre of the city. Fibernet was later acquired by Global Crossing in 2006 and then by CenturyLink. It appears, since then it’s vacated and was then taken over by shared-office uses in August 2014.
Back in 1994, Ipsaris (General Electric Company/Marconi) joined forces with British Waterways and rolled out a network next to canals nationwide, each investing £147,000. This was called Fibreway and during its rollout through Bristol in 2000, they acquired this building and installing generators and equipment for their new network. (View inside a PoP) Just over […]
In Feb 2000, Thus Plc planned a switching station at Unit B Merchant Trade Park Tamar Road Bristol BS2 0TX within walking distance of the Bristol Bandwidth triangle. Although initially refused. Just a few months later planning was accepted and it became an active PoP within Thus PLC, then Cable & Wireless and eventually Vodafone, who […]
In March 2000, Cable & Wireless purchased a warehouse in Bristol’s bandwidth Triangle Unit 2 Kingsland Trading Estate St Philips Road – Getting approval for changing the use from vacant industrial, storage & distribution unit to telecommunications facility, to include external plant & equipment enclosed by 2.8m high-security fence and alterations to elevations to provide […]
The dot com boom was being capitalised by the power networks with multiple networks being built around the country, like Sweb’s new site at Avonbank Feeder Road St Philips Bristol being approved in July 1999. These small cabins would house the equipment needed to repeat the signal that ran over fibre optics across overhead cable routes […]
With their network growing on a global scale, Worldcom acquired a factory in 1998 on Trinity Street St Philips Bristol and installed a PoP on their new cable routes down to Cornwall and to the rest of the UK. Now owned by Verizon and is still in use.
In 2000, Level3 as part of the ‘GTN’ network around the UK, a site at 57/59 Whitefield Road Speedwell Bristol was chosen to house their repeater cabin. It looks like planning as refused and another for the retention was later approved, suggesting they built it anyway. It’s of typical design, a porta-cabin style temporary design. […]