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Fibre-through-the-air (FTTA) microwave technology could help internet service providers deliver broadband in rural areas, it has been claimed.

Penrith and the Border MP Rory Stewart told ComputerWeekly.com that the development of new super-fast wireless broadband technology could help remote communities get online.

He reserved special praise for a new FTTA solution developed by Bluwan, a France-based communications start-up.

Mr Stewart claimed that the technology should be considered as one option as Broadband Delivery UK and Cumbria County Council work towards improving internet access across the Lake District.

"I continue to believe that fibre-to-the-home offers the best future-proof standard for communities," he stated.

"But Bluwan's offer of superfast wireless solutions is an exciting development which could play a key role in delivering super-fast speeds to the most remote parts of the UK, like my constituency."

In related news this week, O2 has announced plans to construct a network of public wireless broadband hubs across the UK.

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