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White space technology could bring broadband services to two million households in rural areas of the UK, it has been claimed.

Spare radio spectrum could help connect entire rural communities to high-speed broadband, according to Richard Walker, Head of Wireless at TTP.

The firm is one of a number to have participated in the Cambridge White Space Consortium trials, conducted to test the potential of unlicensed TV white spaces.

Mr Walker said the cost of deployment is "significantly lower and faster than fibre" over long distances in remote areas.

"Consumers will simply have to purchase a second TV aerial along with a white space router similar in size and price to existing home routers, while we would expect service charges to be similar to current ADSL costs," he stated.

Mr Walker said the government is committed to delivering broadband to all, and with Ofcom driving the legislation, the UK may see the deployment of white space systems and applications as early as 2013.

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