Micro-trenching isn't as painful as it sounds. It's not a dental technique for gouging more money out of your wallet, but a way of laying fibre-optic cable in the streets without causing chaos and mayhem for months.
But surely, you ask yourselves, this means the maintenance costs are much higher because all the traffic squashes the fibres flat? Well, no, apparently. For a start, we're talking about a line much closer to the kerb than most cars travel and secondly the weight is evenly distributed over the surface of the road rather than concentrated on a small point.
And the larger micro-trenching machines are able to dig a hole, lay the cable and cover it up at pace so by the time you're sitting in traffic on Monday morning they've already moved on.