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Continuing his tour of the country, BBC's Rory Cellan-Jones has noted that WiMax is proving particularly useful in Milton Keynes.

Travelling to the Buckinghamshire town today, the corporation's technology correspondent noted that the long-range wireless services served as a useful substitute for the area's fixed-line network.

"[Milton Keyne's] telephone network, built in the 70s when the price of copper was sky-high, has an awful lot of aluminium in it, which makes it pretty useless in terms of delivering broadband," he explained.

He added that the WiMax deployment was even capable of handling a live television broadcast.

Although he assumed this was probably a first, he noted that his colleague Alistair Leithead had in fact used WiMax broadband to transmit a report from Kabul in Afghanistan.

Mr Cellan-Jones also recently visited Dundee, where students on the City's university campus were said to have access to fibre-optic broadband with average download speeds of between 35 and 45 Mbps.

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