Following the successful launch of their new HYLAS 1 satellite last week, Avanti Communications have announced that they have signed a 5-year deal with BT to provide satellite broadband services which will be used to allow the company to provide broadband to areas where coverage isn't currently available. The contract is valued at about £1.2 million and should see the service deployed to areas of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly under the recent announcement of £132 million of investment in the area to deploy broadband.
"I am delighted that Avanti will be working alongside BT to ensure all residents of Cornwall will be able to connect to high speed broadband services. We firmly believe that our complementary business models will prove to be a vitally important example to the rest of the UK and Europe of how to solve the digital divide."David Williams, (Chief Executive) Avanti
The HYLAS 1 satellite launch last week was a perfect launch and the satellite was placed into the correct orbit precisely on schedule, now operating under Avanti's control.