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Internet service provider Vtesse Networks has announced plans to run a super-fast, fixed wireless broadband trial in rural Wiltshire.

The next-generation telecommunications firm will initially focus its attention on Chapel Plaister, a hamlet near Corsham, but other settlements may be included in the pilot as it progresses.

According to Vtesse, Chapel Plaister is unlikely ever to receive broadband above the Digital Britain target of 2Mb without external intervention.

During the trial, scheduled to take place in 2010, broadband-challenged residents will gain access to advanced video streaming, and greater Apple iPhone and Blackberry functionality among other web services.

Aidan Paul, Chief Executive of Vtesse, said the firm aimed to explore the regulatory changes and government support required to bring "equitable and competitive levels of fast broadband service" to the remote countryside.

He added: "It is important that we remember that the 'Final Third' of the population are not only in rural areas. There are broadband 'not-spots' and 'slow-spots' spread around the country, in urban as well as rural areas.

"[It] comprises anyone on long telephone lines outside current cable TV footprints."

Last month, at a meeting staged by the Business, Innovation and Skills Parliamentary Select Committee, Mr Paul argued for the removal of "artificial economic barriers" to the deployment of ultra-fast broadband in UK 'not-spots'.

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