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Using Britain's network of sewers would dramatically cut the costs of installing a broadband network capable of delivering super-fast speeds, it has been claimed.

The need for British businesses to be able to access faster broadband has been the subject of much debate of late, with BT questioning the viability of the networks, which are expensive to install.

However, a possible solution might lie in using sewers to house fibre-optic cables, according to British firm H2O Networks, which is investigating the feasibility of providing networks for business customers.

Elfed Thomas of Ask4 endorsed the method adding that his firm has already signed up with H2O.

He said: "The sewer network is more than capable of handling cable. There is no reason why this can't be deployed throughout the UK."

H20 Networks has been installing fibre optic cables in the UK's 360,000 miles of sewers since 2003.

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