BT is looking to bridge the technological gap between urban and rural areas by using new satellite technology to transfer data at speeds comparable to that of asymmetric digital subscriber line.
People in more remote parts of the UK have previously had to live without the option of broadband services. Rural surroundings make it difficult to install lines, and many small businesses have lost out as a result.
By working with US company Gilat, BT says that "more than 90 per cent of customers connected to an enabled exchange will be able to access broadband services".
The satellite-based service, priced at £100 a month, will start in November and will be available initially in the Scottish Highlands and Northern Ireland. Other parts of the country should be able to receive the service within the next 12 months, according to BT.
Previous attempts to connect rural businesses and homes to broadband technology using microwave transmitters have failed, and BT had said that the technology was not adequate to fill the gap. It now says that the satellite services will be "an important step in overcoming the digital divide".
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