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Satellite and wireless broadband could be alternative to pricey fibre-to-the-home plans, one expert says.

Broadband networks supported by satellite and wireless could be a sensible alternative to a wide-scale fibre-to-the-home deployment which could cost billions.

That is the view of Computer Weekly's Phillip Virgo, who was commenting in the wake of estimates from the Broadband Stakeholders Group (BSG), which says connecting every British home to high-speed fibre-optic broadband would cost as much as £29 billion.

Mr Virgo has pointed out the added advantages of broadband via wireless or satellite for the UK market.

He said: "It would cost much less if rural areas to be were served by satellite and wireless.

"More-over that would also facilitate the infrastructure competition, alternative routings and resilience that are currently lacking."

According to the BSG, a scaled-down operation supplying fibre-optic broadband to local telephone exchanges would only cost £5.1 billion.

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