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Plans to run high-speed broadband fibres through the sewer networks could encounter obstacles, according to one fibre optic firm.
Telecoms regulator Ofcom had announced that it was considering using the infrastructure of pipes already in place to help speed the next generation of fast internet access.
However, according to Geo, the rollout of broadband fibres would work throughout London, where the Victorian sewer system is "ideal" for the requirements, but that the plan would run into problems outside the capital's centre.
Chris Smedley, chief executive at the firm, said: "It's reasonable to anticipate that most of the sewer infrastructure near domestic areas will present far more challenges when it comes to the installation of optical fibre as opposed to commercial developments."
He added that across the UK most sewers were much smaller and could hamper the quick rollout. As a result, he concluded that the traditional road digs that Ofcom had hoped to avoid would be necessary to upgrade the infrastructure of the nation.
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