January saw the news that H2O networks were looking at running fibre connections through the sewer network to provide 100Mbps connections to homes. Bournemouth has now been announced as the town to be the first on the roll-out calendar according to the BBC.
H2O Networks is investing some £30 million in the service that will be available to some 88,000 homes and businesses in the area. The project far exceeds the size of the fibre to the home system planned for Ebbsfleet. The website for FibreCity provides some more details on the project and should provide details of the various packages once available.
If the take-up of the service is enough to make the investment worthwhile then we should see more towns getting the H2O treatment. One real danger for the early entrants to the fibre to the home market is that if it is successful the big players may muscle in and use their marketing might to retain market share.