TKG launches "longest-reaching broadband" technology

Wednesday, March 23rd 2011
The service is designed to amplify broadband signal from five to 12 km.
TKG launches
Network access specialist The Kenton Group (TKG) claims to have released the UK's longest-reaching broadband service.

Broadband Enabling Technology (Bet) is designed to double signal strength, bringing faster speeds to households located in "not-spots" that are stuck with a low-bandwidth connection.

According to TKG, the innovation can bring two Mbps internet access to 1.5 million households in rural areas of the UK.

The innovation works by amplifying broadband signal from five to 12 km, making use of existing one or two-pair copper cables.

Oliver Johnson, chief executive of global industry analyst Point Topic, said the development could make a "real difference" to the availability of fast internet.

He added: "We welcome Bet and will be keeping a close eye on the interest it receives from operators and how they choose to adopt it."

Research published earlier this month by Ofcom showed the UK's average broadband speed in November and December 2010 stood at 6.2Mbps, up from 5.2Mbps in May.

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