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The UK's leading broadband providers are not keen on making use of new systems designed to provide reliable internet connections to rural customers, it has been claimed.

Trefor Davies, Chief Technology Officer of Timico, said a recent industry forum revealed that BT's Broadband Enabling Technology (BET) is not proving popular with internet service providers, particularly due to its cost.

None of the 60 providers participating in the event were reportedly interested in the system, which is expected to be similar in price to rolling out fibre-optic broadband into an area.

"The mood of the room was that rolling out an old-fashioned copper-based technology such as BET was a waste of time and that we should be looking at fibre-based infrastructure, or in certain areas exploring microwave back haul links," he outlined on his blog.

BET is designed to offer stable broadband services over lines which run up to 12km away from the nearest exchange - more than double the previous limit.

Towards the end of last year, BT selected ten areas across the UK to pilot the system.

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