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One of the UK's leading broadband providers is working with the Scottish government in an effort to improve web access in rural regions.

Holyrood has announced that BT is set to upgrade telephone exchanges in the Scotland's most remote areas in an effort to improve the quality of broadband services.

The country's finance secretary, John Swinney, has claimed that ministers are beginning to recognise "the frustration" that some rural communities are experiencing over broadband.

"We are pleased that a way forward has been found allowing an exchange upgrade programme to take place," he explained.

"This will enable more residents and businesses to benefit from a broadband service which people in most areas of Scotland already enjoy."

Details of the plans have come after BT confirmed it is set to trial new technology which allows quality broadband services to be offered over longer distances.

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