Openreach turns to drone operations for fibre broadband connection in Scottish Highlands


Openreach used a drone to fly a fibre broadband cable across a river in the Scottish Highlands.

The UAV was used to connect a remote home in the area with the network, providing it with a better quality of internet.

According to a report by the BBC, the team had previously attempted to attach cables to fishing lines, golf balls and even hammers, but had been mostly unsuccessful.

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Chief engineer for Openreach in the North of Scotland, Kevin Drain, told the BBC: “Although Glenmazeran is only 20 miles from Inverness, the properties are very remote and scattered. We’ve had to contend with steep drops and bankings as we buried cable along the single-track road.”

He added: “But the biggest challenge was reaching one remote home, 400m away from the main route, where the fibre cable needed to span a 50m wide stretch of river. This is the first time we’ve used a drone to drop fibre into place here in Scotland and as a delivery method it’s unbeatable.”

Engineers at the firm had to complete a week’s CAA training to become certified and are now one of only five teams across the UK approved to fly drones in this way.

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