Bournemouth gets 'sewer broadband'

Refuse system to be utilised

Bournemouth has been revealed as the first location in the UK that will receive 100Mbit/s broadband through the existing sewer system.

H2O is installing the sewer-based fibre cables, which will provide super-fast broadband capable of receiving on-demand HDTV, downloading DVD-quality films in minutes and taking part in HD gaming services, to some 88,000 homes in the area. Web users will be given access to the super-fast connection through a 4in box which will be attached to the front of the house.

Work will begin on the scheme, which is thought to be the largest of its kind in the UK, within the next six months.

BT is also installing a 100Mbit/s broadband network in 10,000 new homes in Ebbsfleet, Kent, but the service is not expected to be completed until 2020.

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