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Two of the remotest communities in the British Isles are set to have access to wireless broadband capable of speeds of 2Mb, it has been revealed.

The main island village of Vidlin and the small island of Fetlar will be part of a pilot scheme to be run over the summer, the Shetland News reports.

Shetlands Islands Council (SIC) invested £100,000 to set up the deal with Cable & Wireless subsidiary THUS, following disappointment with BT's ASDL broadband connection.

Now islanders will be able to use capacity on the Pathfinder project, which will see schools, council offices and ferry terminals all connected on a wireless network.

"We welcome the SIC's investment in the wireless broadband trial," local businesswoman Helen Erwood told the newspaper.

"It demonstrates an appreciation that Shetland needs to considerably improve its future commitments to having communications networks that adequately support e-business activities."

Providing broadband for the whole of the UK is one of the issues which will be discussed by the communications minister Lord Carter in his forthcoming Digital Britain report.

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