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"Our partner Fibrelink is financing the network, the fibre that actually goes down the sewers, we are simply renting out the sewers to them," he said.
Information sewerage highway
"Fibrelink will then contract with various telecoms providers on a neutral carrier basis, that is we can facilitate anyone hooking up to this and they'll be making the charges.
"Where Scottish Water gains is we will take a percentage of the revenues that are generated through the fibre."
He added that with 24,000 miles of sewers there was the potential for the pilot scheme to be a widespread success.