The department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has revealed the names of the eight suppliers that will receive funding for superfast rural broadband trial schemes.
The DCMS hopes the funding will ensure the government reaches its goal of providing superfast broadband to 95% of UK premises by 2017.
The winning bidders will each receive a share of a £10m funding pot, with prizes ranging from £175,000 to £2,000,000. The money will be used to conduct trials of different technologies including wireless and satellite, network aggregation operating models, and new social investment financing models.
CEO of Broadband Delivery UK said: "One key criterion is how soon we can deploy them and make an impact, and we are particularly keen to focus on projects that will help us reach the last 5% as quickly as possible.
"We believe that, based on the response we had and the quality of projects, we will have some good opportunities to take forward.
"Our view is we need to test and trial as many technologies and operational delivery methods as we can, based on current technology," said Townsend. "Superfast broadband by fibre won't meet our objectives - we have to find other ways to reach remote areas such as the Highlands and Islands."
The superfast rollout is currently accelerating, with more than 20,000 new premises being provided with it each week.
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