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Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) - the body responsible for allocating state aid for broadband funding - has issued guidance to local authorities over fixed wireless networks.

The document could make it easier for wireless network providers to compete for public broadband contracts from UK county councils.

BDUK allocated £530 million in rural broadband funding to councils across the UK, but to date, BT has dominated the tender process.

In order to meet the criteria for state aid funding, next-generation wireless providers must deliver the same outputs as those defined for other network deployments.

This means speeds in excess of 30Mb must be achievable on their networks and evidenced by performance, while the wireless solution must double average access speeds in the target area.

Additionally, the networks must have longevity, and the potential for service improvements in the next seven years, while they must be able to support advanced, high-bandwidth online solutions such as video conferencing.

Providers must be able to show that this is both "technically and commercially viable, supported by clear calculations".

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