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BT is trialling its new Wireless-to-the-Cabinet (WTTC) broadband in North Yorkshire, as the telecoms provider continues to explore new ways of delivering superfast services to rural communities.

The technology works in a similar way to regular fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) services, except the fibre optic cable that runs from the telephone exchange to the local street cabinet is replaced by a point-to-point microwave wireless radio link, before then being channelled to premises.

The trials are being carried out in the small village of Westow on the edge of the North Yorkshire Moors, where it would not have been viable to lay a fibre optic cable.

Helen Yarrow, BT Project Manager, said surveys indicated that laying fibre cables in the ground would not have been cost-effective due to the terrain and lack of existing infrastructure between the exchange and the fibre broadband cabinet.

"Laying cable would also have meant having to close off a single track road for a prolonged period, which would have caused considerable disruption for villagers, who would have had to make a lengthy diversion," she added. WTTC has previously proven successful when rolled out on the remote island of Rathlin and the Devon village of Northlew, and may prove an effective means of reaching remote areas included in the final five per cent of communities to benefit from superfast broadband.

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