Avanti reports successful launch of HYLAS 1 broadband satellite

Thursday, December 16th 2010
The company revealed everything is functioning as expected on the satellite.
Avanti reports successful launch of HYLAS 1 broadband satellite
Avanti has reported "excellent progress" following the launch of its HYLAS 1 broadband satellite.

The company explained all the device's systems have now been turned on, with no unexpected results seen so far.

It is now in geostationary orbit and has begun transmitting data, which has been successfully received at Avanti's UK-based Gateway Earth Station.

Commercial service is expected to get underway towards the end of the first quarter of 2011, with the firm commenting: "The response from our market has been excellent since the launch.

"We are confident that we can achieve the targets we have set ourselves to fill HYLAS 1 within three years."

One of the companies to have signed a deal to use the broadband satellite is BT, which will utilise the technology as part of its plans to boost connection speeds in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

The agreement extends for five years and is estimated to be worth £1.2 million. 

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