Bournemouth has been chosen as the first town in the UK to get super-fast fibre broadband.
Work is set to begin over the next six months on installing the fibre through the town’s sewer network.
Fibre firm H2O Networks is behind the £30 million plan and the scheme will bring broadband of up to 100 megabits per second (Mbps) to 88,000 homes in the town.
H2O Networks chief executive Elfed Thomas said: ‘This is just the start of bringing next-generation connectivity to the UK.
‘We will be announcing more towns and cities which will benefit from Fibrecity over the coming months, and plan to have a nationwide network deployed over the next few years.
‘Many households and broadband customers in the UK have insufficient connectivity bandwidths because they are attached to legacy networks deployed in the 20th century that just can’t cope with demand.
‘Our solution brings us right into the 21st century and beyond, with speeds in excess of 100Mbps.’
H20 Networks says that using sewers is far cheaper and kinder to the environment than digging up roads.
In some cases where sewers are not viable, it will have to create a 20 millimetre-wide channel in the road to lay the cable, but it says this would cause minimal disruption to the local area.
BT is also installing 100Mbps broadband networks to new homes being built in Ebbsfleet, Kent, while Virgin Media is upgrading its cable network to 50Mbps.
Residents will have access to speeds more than 30 times faster than the UK average
Which? technology editor Matthew Bath said: ‘H20’s plan to kickstart the UK’s move to faster internet will be great news for Bournemouth residents, who will have access to broadband speeds more than 30 times faster than the UK average of just 2.9Mbps.
‘Movies will be downloadable in minutes, and songs in mere seconds using 100Mbps broadband. The only question is how much this will cost each consumer, as H20 has yet to reveal pricing details.’