Name: [N.O.P.E.] Fiberglass in the Polder
GC Code: GC7F2G1
Location: N 52° 36.866 E 005° 50.324
The Noordoostpolder is now connected through a fiberglass network for superfast internet. A lot of habitants had to use a landline before. Because of the long distances between the farms and houses, not a lot of companies were interested in creating such a network. Yet, now they did it.
Fiber optic cables are, as the name suggests, made of glass. The glass is pre-processed with a special gas so that it creates a special mix suitable for data transport. Glass fibres are thin flexible fibres mixed with resin or glue that allow wires to be merged into long cables and eventually a whole network.
Characteristic of a network work is that it uses light signals that are sent back and forth extremely quickly. Sending light signals back and forth ensures that an upload speed is achieved that is as high as download speed. Useful, for example photos or documents to be sent.
In addition to a high internet speed of more than 250 Mbit per second, television and telephony signals can also be transmitted by the fibres.
The construction of fiberglass in the Noordoostpolder
The municipality of Noordoostpolder has acknowledged in 2015 that in the outside area there is also a strong need for fast Internet. That’s why a market reconnaissance was started from which one was ultimately elected.
We write June 8, 2016; Through information evenings, letters, posters, ambassadors and white flags in the gardens of already notified households, it has been successful: the construction is final, although the pre-set registration rate of 60% has just not been achieved.
On 25 January 2017, the first metre trench was dug on this spot. To establish the network in the entire Noordoostpolder about 500 km trench is dug. In total there are over 3000 connections.
Most industrial sites are also connected, but the village centres are still excluded.
The cache The cache is positioned at the place where the fiber optic connections enter the polder. Here, the first trenches were dug to connect each property in the outside area to the network.
Please note: It may be useful to have a screwdriver with you.