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Broadway Partners and Nominet are working together on an innovative trial that could boost broadband speeds in remote areas.

The two companies are using part of the wireless spectrum made available following the switch to digital TV to offer faster connectivity on the Isle of Arran in Scotland.

One package offers speeds of up to 25Mbps, while another provides speeds of up to 35Mbps.

This follows a number of successful trials of white space technology in the UK and could lead to this approach being embraced more widely in remote parts of the country.

Indeed, Broadway Partners and Nominet have already confirmed that a similar rollout is set to occur in Wales, but no details on precisely where or when this will take place have yet been confirmed.

Michael Armitage, founding director of Broadway Partners, commented: "TV white space has proved its mettle, cutting through hard to reach rural forested areas on Arran which, in fixed wireless terms, is pretty much unheard of.

"This technology will be a powerful tool in the drive to deliver affordable broadband access for all communities throughout Scotland and abroad."

Russell Haworth, chief executive of Nominet, added that the Arran rollout shows that TV white space can "reach places that other technologies cannot and paves the way for further deployment of this dynamic spectrum management technology".

Remote Scottish islands have been the subject of a number of innovative broadband trials recently.

For instance, Openreach has carried out tests of Long Reach VDSL to increase fibre broadband speeds over long phone lines in the remote community of North Tolsta on the Isle of Lewis.

Initial findings have been hailed as "encouraging", as most households have seen fibre broadband speeds increase significantly.

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