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The government's eight super-fast broadband pilots, set up under the £10 million Innovation Fund to develop new rollout technologies, are moving towards deployment.

According to the Department for Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS), the projects completed a feasibility phase in September 2014, and those that proved technically and financially viable will get underway in early 2015.

"These pilots will test how to expand coverage in areas where the commercial investment case is weakest -  the final five per cent [of the UK]," it stated.

The DCMS said technology options include fixed wireless and satellite technologies, fixed and wireless hybrid fibre solutions, and a social investment financial model.

"The results of these pilots and other work being undertaken by the major suppliers will help inform proposals for further investment to extend super-fast broadband," the department stated.

The government's initial target for UK super-fast broadband coverage is 95 per cent, but the longer term goal is 100 per cent by the end of the decade.

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