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BT does not expect to see a return on fibre broadband investment in remote areas of the UK for at least a decade, it has been revealed.

The broadband provider - in addition to its own commercial investment in UK super-fast networks - is supporting various local authorities with their rural rollout plans.

BT is part-funding the local infrastructure projects, adding to the £530 million set aside by central government and distributed by Broadband Delivery UK.

And a spokesperson for the service provider said the payback period for its supplementary investment will be "more than ten years".

"Providing services in the most challenging, remote parts of the UK isn’t easy," she commented.

The representative said other companies have seen rural fibre as being "too risky", however BT is prepared to wait for a return on its investment.

She said this attitude has proved "very popular" with local authorities, who want a long-term partner and a network that is open to all internet service providers.

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