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Avanti Communications looks set to benefit from the roll-out of broadband across Scotland's rural areas.

The firm owns a satellite which can be used for supporting wireless connectivity in rural areas north of the border.

Now under the terms of an agreement with the Scottish government - which has signed a £3 million deal with Avanti to help roll-out a rural broadband network - the company will receive £25 for each subscriber that signs up, Investors Chronicle reports.

Speaking on the country's drive to connect rural communities, Scottish enterprise minister Jim Mather commented: "In this 21st Century, as many people as possible should have broadband access.

"It is a vital tool for business, helping drive economic growth, and is now used by ever more households as standard."

Work on the connections is scheduled to be complete by May 2009.

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