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Internet service provider Scotnet will use pioneering Broadband Enabling Technology (BET) to bring high-speed broadband to rural Scotland.

The innovative technology, which increases broadband reach and bandwidth, will improve the quality of internet services for businesses and residents in remote areas north of the border.

BET will be deployed at telephone exchanges in Longformacus and Ettrick Valley in the Scottish Borders, as well as in Portsoy, Aboyne, Auchenblae and Inverbervie in Aberdeenshire.

It will allow households and business premises up to 12km away from their local exchange to access high-quality web services.

John Larkin, Managing Director of The Kenton Group, which developed BET, described the technology as "an affordable solution".

"We are delighted that Scotnet is leading the way in Scotland with the installation of this long-reaching broadband technology," he stated.

"It is a per user solution, so is ideal for rural locations and is affordable for areas with only a handful of households."

Scotnet Director Stuart Glendinning said his firm was "very impressed" by the BET solution and had seen first-hand the significant benefits it has to offer.

"In our trials it has proved to be faster and more reliable than ADSL, being resilient to fluctuations and offering a more stable connection," he stated.

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