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BT Signs £1.2 Million Agreement With Avanti For Satellite Broadband Access

BT has signed a £1.2 million five-year agreement with Avanti, which will allow the company to bring satellite broadband to the UK.

Avanti launched the HYLAS 1 satellite into space on 26 November from French Guiana, to offer broadband connectivity in countries where it was previously impossible to access such web speeds.

The project, which is funded by private organisations, the UK Space Agency and the European Space Agency, will offer broadband speed of up to 10 Mbps.

According to ISP Review, the Avanti agreement will allow BT to offer satellite broadband under its £132 million Next Generation Access project to bring broadband to Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

David Williams, Avanti's CEO, said in a statement: “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.”