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Wireless broadband services are being transmitted from church towers in rural parts of Norfolk, it has been reported.

Local households and businesses are being given the opportunity to increase their broadband speeds using the Wi-Fi infrastructure put in place by service provider WiSpire.

According to Shane Richmond, Head of Technology at the Telegraph, receivers and transmitters placed on church spires "could be the key to delivering decent broadband speeds to rural Norfolk".

He explained that in the village of Salhouse, a Wi-Fi signal beamed from the top of All Saints church has helped increase maximum download speeds from 1Mb to 8Mb.

Mr Richmond explained that WiSpire plans to transmit its broadband signal across the county from church to church.

Already six churches are connected and up to ten more will come online over the next two months, he told the news provider.

"By the end of next year the company hopes to have around 50 churches, covering the majority of Norfolk," Mr Richmond stated.

"There are even plans to put receivers on boats on the Norfolk Broads so that holidaymakers can keep an internet connection while they are on the water."

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