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Gibtelecom’s superfast broadband project promotes local heritage As part of Gibtelecom’s superfast broadband rollout, and the beginnings of a new next generation network, several street cabinets housing essential electronics equipment are being rolled out across Gibraltar. Their placement will allow for the shortening of distances between end-users in specific areas and vital broadband technical equipment, allowing higher speeds to be delivered on the existing copper access network. The first of the street cabinets, also known as ‘active cabinets’, has already been installed in the Laguna Estate area and has been operational since October 2012. Once the deployment project has been completed it is envisage that there will be around 30 cabinets in total around Gibraltar. Gibtelecom customers already saw their broadband speeds upgraded in February and September 2012, and as a result of the improvements in the network more upgrades are to be announced in the future. In an effort to blend in the cabinets with their surroundings, Gibtelecom have been working with Government planning repre-

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sentatives to beautify the cabinets, extending their use to not only provide essential telecoms equipment but additionally providing tourist information and promoting local heritage. As the first to be installed, the cabinet in the Laguna/Glacis area has already received the beautification treatment, displaying information on the history of the area and general sites of interest in Gibraltar. The cabinets are being ‘wrapped’ in a special type of vinyl produced by UK company Wrap and Hide who do custom wraps for companies and city councils, including for BT Openreach’s fibre cabinets. The cabinets also boast an antigraffiti layer to prevent street vandalism. The majority of the remaining planned cabinets will also be beautified to promote heritage and tourism in the different areas they are to be located. n

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The Gibraltar Magazine - May 2013  

Gibraltar's fabulous business and leisure magazine. Crammed full of great features from finance to football, from fashion to arts. Enjoy i...

The Gibraltar Magazine - May 2013  

Gibraltar's fabulous business and leisure magazine. Crammed full of great features from finance to football, from fashion to arts. Enjoy i...