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The University of Aberdeen is to install a new broadband network using the sewer system beneath the college.

Once installation of H20 Network's FS Focus System (fibre optic cable underground sewer system) is complete students will be able to access the internet from their living quarters on campus. The contract runs for ten years.

The innovative approach to installation eliminates the costly and time-consuming practice of digging up roads, and as a result is expected to be completed 80 per cent quicker than if a standard cable system was employed.

Garry Wardrope, network services manager at University of Aberdeen, said: "H2O's FS Focus System offers high bandwidth at a price model that makes sense. This, coupled with the innovative nature of the 'fibre via the sewer' network makes the overall H2O proposition an exciting one."

News of the scheme comes at a time when network companies have reported increasing difficulty in locating new pathways, with established networks becoming congested with more and more cabling.

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