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Remote regions of the UK that cannot viably be upgraded to traditional line-based broadband are currently undergoing a trial to provide them with up to 30Mb satellite broadband.

As the government aims to make superfast broadband access available to 95% of the UK population, much has been made of the final 5% of the country - classed as rural 'not spots' - where fixed line connectivity is infeasible from a cost perspective.

As such, several methods of providing access to these areas have been mooted, many of which utilise satellite broadband to help deliver the speeds that the rest of the UK can benefit from.

The latest has been launched by Avanti, which is using its Ka-band HYLAS 1 and HYLAS 2 satellite to deliver speeds of up to 30Mb to around 13,000 premises across Northern Ireland and Scotland.

These remote locations, which include Antrim, The Borders and Aberdeenshire, are benefitting from £885,640 of public funding provided by the government.

In return, they can receive up to 10Mb broadband with a usage allowance of 20GB for £24.99 a month, or up to 30Mb broadband with a 40GB usage limit for £49.99 per month for the 'Rural Max' package.

Avonline Broadband is one of the satellite providers supporting the scheme, and its Managing Director Mark Wynn said it will provide hitherto inaccessible broadband speeds to premises in remote areas, such as Dumfries and Galloway.

"For many homes and businesses in rural Dumfries and Galloway, satellite broadband is their only realistic solution of a better broadband connection over the next few years," he explained.

The government is also offering to install and connect the new service free of charge for the first 1,000 customers to sign up, meaning those hoping to take advantage will have to act quickly.

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