Sheffield will be following Bournemouth as the next location in the UK to get 100Mbps broadband via the existing sewer system.

H20 started its 'Fibrecity' project, which sees fibre-optic cables laid in the sewer system to deliver super-fast broadband to homes, in Bournemouth earlier this year. It has now extended the programme to cover Sheffield and will build on a fibre network already existing in parts of the city.

According to H2O, the cables will allow users to enjoy on-demand HDTV, download DVD-quality films in minutes and take part in HD gaming services, using a 4in box attached to the front of the house, connected with the fibre cables.

Work is expected to be completed by September. H20 says it plans to roll out the service to a number of cities across the UK, but will work in conjunction with an ISP to offer super-fast broadband to consumers.