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BT has announced it is piloting new Broadband Enabling Technology (BET) to deliver broadband over longer distances in the hope of providing a service to rural areas.

The firm claims the new technology can deliver a "stable broadband service" up to 12km from the exchange, which is more than double the current limit of 5km.

BT has undergone trials on the new broadband technology in Inverness and Dingwall in Scotland and claims the results have been "very successful".

John Small, Managing Director of Service Delivery for BT Openreach, said the firm was "really excited" about BET extending broadband "to the remaining not-spots".

He added: "We're keen to work with local and regional authorities and other bodies with funding to discuss how the technology can be rolled out to their areas."

BT announced last month that it was halfway towards its goal of building a network of a million Wi-Fi hotspots throughout the UK.

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