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BT signs satellite broadband deal with Avanti
The telecoms giant will use Avanti's HYLAS 1 satellite in its Cornish super-fast broadband project.BT has signed a five-year contract with satellite broadband provider Avanti to help it improve web access in rural parts of the UK.
The agreement will see Avanti's services used in the recently-announced next generation access project covering Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, although BT will also be able to use the technology in other areas of the country.
Avanti revealed the contract, which allows the telecoms giant to take advantage of the HYLAS 1 satellite launched last Friday (November 26th 2010), is estimated to be worth £1.2 million.
Commenting on the deal, chief executive of Avanti David Williams said: "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."
BT announced the Cornwall project in September, revealing the up to £132 million scheme will see between 80 and 90 per cent of the region receive access to super-fast broadband by 2014.