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Bournemouth to get 100Mbps broadband by March

30 residents will initially trial the service for free

The first homes in the UK to get 100Mbps broadband access will be connected by March, says H2O.

H20_FibrecityH2O is installing fibre cables into the existing sewer system in Bournemouth, as part of its 'Fibrecity' project to provide towns in England and Scotland with super-fast broadband. 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.

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The 30 homes participating in the trial will initially receive a free broadband connection while engineers roll-out the service to the whole city. However, once the engineers leave, it is thought anyone using the service will be expected to pay in the region of £400 per year.

Over 5,000 businesses and homes in the area have registered their interest in connecting to the service once it is available.

See also: Nationwide fibre broadband backed by gov't report

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