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Residents living in council flats in Solihull are set to receive subsidised broadband through existing plug sockets in their homes.

Broadband provider CI- Net announced that it was the acting technology partner for the project, which is operated by Solihull Community Housing (SCH) and Solihull metropolitan borough council.

The scheme will use "pre-WiMax" technology to deliver high-speed broadband through existing electrical wiring.

The council hopes that the project will help to bridge the digital divide in the area, as well as encourage new business developments in what it describes as being "designated a deprived area".

"One of our technical challenges was finding a low-cost, low-maintenance, reliable way of providing internet connectivity," said Chris Deery, SCH's head of information technology.

He added that the service needed to be delivered in a way that would cause minimum disruption to residents and would result in minimum civil engineering work.

CI-Net states that its RedKite pre-WiMax technology is capable of delivering speeds of anywhere between 1 and 100 Mbps.

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