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H2O Networks is planning to expand its fibre optic network, which is installed in sewers, to take in Bournemouth, Dundee and Northampton, it has been reported.

According to a report from Ispreview, the project would take two years to complete, after which the network could be extended to a further 15 cities.

H2O has been installing fibre optic networks in sewers since 2003 and their approach has been hailed by some as a solution to the expense and difficulty of setting up fibre optic networks in urban areas.

The firm has already signed up broadband provider Ask4 and H2O's managing director Elfed Thomas has rebuffed claims that while the antiquated sewer networks would be suitable for small scale use they may not be a solution to national scale problems.

Last year the firm was the focus of a report on BBC's Working Lunch show which saw a camera crew join the H20 team in a sewer system. The BBC report highlighted both the cost and environmental benefits of sewer-based fibre optic networks.

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