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Work begins on Bournemouth fibre network

H2O Networks' fibre-to-the-premises network will offer some residents of the town internet speeds of up to 100Mbps

For the residents of Bournemouth, super high-speed internet access is creeping closer after work officially started on the 'Fibrecity' project.

The scheme will give the town's residents a chance to connect to an FTTP (fibre to the premises) network, built by H2O Networks, with speeds up to 100Mbps.

The project will cost around £30m and will be the largest of its kind in Europe, according to the company.

Bournemouth homes and businesses in the BH10 and BH11 postcodes can opt in to the scheme.

The city's sewers will play home to the fibre-optic cables themselves, while a small trench will take the fibre to a box installed on the outside of the customer's home.

BT is also getting involved in fibre, announcing last week that it is hooking up Muswell Hill, London, and Whitchurch, South Glamorgan, with fibre to the cabinet.