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Could sewer-based broadband be our saviour?

H2O networks propose to use the sewers in order to spread the Gospel of Ultra fast Broadband to the rest of the United Kingdom.

Japan and the City of Paris have already deployed broadband via sewers and there's no reason why UK can't use its 693000 kilometres of sewer to transport broadband.

H2O Networks’ (opens in new tab) FS Focus System (Fibre Optical Cable Underground Sewer System) has already signed an agreement to provide the University of Aberdeen with a high capacity link for the next 10 years.

Other Universities in Edinburgh and Bournemouth are also enjoying multi Gigabits speeds thanks to Focus.

The company has been working on high speed sewer-based broadband technology for nearly five years now and points to several factors to explain why it could solve Britain's need for virtual speed.

H2O argues that it can deploy fibre in an economical way, at a much faster rate and without any major impact on the environment.

They have managed to install a 1.2 km network for Napier University for GBP 80,000, a fraction of what it would cost using traditional dig-and-bury methods.

Installing it as well could take well under 24 hours; which compares favourably with the months of delays and economic costs that telecoms companies have been used to.

FOCUS system could be ideal as a way of bringing super fast speed as near as possible to users where last-mile technology could take over.

Désiré Athow
Contributor

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.