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A research project carried out by two Scottish universities will deliver super-fast broadband to remote parts of the country, it has been reported.

The University of Edinburgh and the University of the Highlands and Islands have been working on the Tegola project - which seeks to improve connectivity - for some time.

A super-fast link has already been created between the Scottish capital and Highland and Islands' Gaelic College - Sabhal Mòr Ostaig UHI - on Skye, reports Computer Weekly.

And now funding has been secured to roll out super-fast broadband to other parts of northern Scotland, which currently suffers from poor network penetration.

The islands of Eigg, Rum, Muck and Canna, along with parts of the Scottish mainland, will initially benefit from improved broadband services.

Jem Taylor, Head of Strategy and Development for the University of the Highlands and Islands IT team, said commercial broadband providers have "so far failed to find an economical way to reach these remote, sparsely populated and often mountainous regions".

As such, many towns and villages are being left behind in the digital revolution, he claimed.

"Now we’ve established the model works, it has the potential to be used in other rural communities," Mr Taylor stated.

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