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Researchers have been exploring new methods to provide broadband to people living in the most rural areas in Scotland.

The Tegola Project, which is a scheme jointly run by the University of Edinburgh and the University of the Highlands and Islands, has been working on broadband connectivity programmes in the Highland regions of Loch Hourn and Sleet, reports the Journal.

Alternative methods such as terrestrial wireless broadband have been examined, with those testing the new system now able to receive high-speed broadband of 25Mb using community wireless hardware.

The success of the research has led to the team looking to spread the broadband project to other remote areas.

Professor Peter Buneman, from the school of informatics at the University of Edinburgh, told the news provider: "Access to the internet is fast becoming a basic utility in cities, but in rural areas it is often unavailable.

"People living remotely need web access to run businesses, use mail order, to access educational support, or to contact friends and family."

Recent Ofcom research found that 60 per cent of households in Scotland now have a broadband connection.

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