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Satellite and mobile broadband can be used to deliver faster download speeds to people living in rural areas, it has been claimed.

Technology industry consultant Steve Nimmons explained that the two solutions can complement fixed networks, by offering connectivity in harder to reach areas.

He said it is "much more sensible" to use such solutions in remote parts of the countryside, than lay miles of fibre cable simply for a few households.

"There's obviously going to be a commercial cut-off point where you can't distribute enough to a certain hub," Mr Nimmons stated.

He said there needs to be a commercial balance - which ensures remote communities receive access to the broadband services they need, without imposing unrealistic financial burdens on the government or private sector providers.

"I think that mobile technologies and satellite technologies are certainly smart ways to go," the expert stated.

The government has pledged to deliver a minimum of 2Mb broadband speeds to all UK communities by 2015.

Meanwhile, the European Commission has set a more ambitious coverage target of universal 30Mb downloads across the EU by 2020.

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