i3 Group has acquired CCTV and UV lining firm Cyclops in a move that should help to improve its fault fixing times.
The fibre optic broadband supplier, formerly known as H2O Networks, will use the acquisition to create its new H2O Services division, allowing it to expertly survey the sewer systems in which it lays its broadband cables.
Previously the group had to outsource the surveying of sewer networks, which must take place in order for it to lay cables in the first place.
As a result of the acquisition, i3 will now be able to help water firms repair damage to sewer pipes more quickly, in turn helping to speed up the correction of any problems with its cables.
Commenting on the internet service provider's purchase of Cyclops, chief executive Elfred Thomas said: "H2O Services will substantially reduce operational costs for the water companies by assisting with the maintenance of damaged sewers through CCTV and UV lining repairs.
"The water companies are excited that we have the ability to deliver such a fast and cost effective solution."
Underground sewers are typically used by i3 Group to deliver its Fibre to the Home (FTTH) broadband services, which can be up to 100Mb, in various places around the UK such as Bournemouth.