EE has launched a 4G home broadband solution that could boost connectivity for thousands of homes across the country.
The technology offers superfast speeds of around 100Mbps and works by combining a 4GEE Home Router with a powerful external antenna.
The antenna is fitted to the side of a customer's property and connected to the router inside by a cable, which eliminates any loss of signal due to thick exterior walls.
EE believes the technology could be particularly useful for properties with good outdoor coverage but variable indoor coverage.
The company has also estimated that about 580,000 homes with slow or no fixed line access could benefit from the solution, in particular rural premises that cannot get speeds of above 10Mbps.
Max Taylor, Managing Director of Marketing at EE, commented: "As our network continues to expand into some of the most remote parts of the UK, we’ve seen the amazing impact that 4G connectivity can have on rural communities.
"Our newest 4G home broadband router and antenna takes this one step further, ensuring thousands of families in rural areas across the UK can enjoy the benefits of superfast broadband inside their home for the very first time."
The move by EE has been hailed by the Countryside Alliance, as it believes fast and reliable internet is "just as essential in the countryside as it is in urban areas".
However, Head of Policy Sarah Lee said it is not currently as widely available, which is a major issue for homes and businesses in rural locations.
She described the solution from EE as "innovative", adding it will have a "big impact" on some of the UK's most remote communities.
This coincides with the launch of what EE has billed as the country's first fixed and mobile broadband combined coverage checker.
The tool uses people's postcodes to suggest whether a 4G-based solution would be the best option or if they would be better off with a fixed broadband line.