Avanti Communications announces the launch of national promotion for the British Government’s satellite broadband subsidy scheme

24 March, 2016
Avanti Communications Group plc (“Avanti”), a leading provider of satellite data communications services in Europe, the Middle East and Africa has now launched full scale national marketing of a government funded satellite broadband scheme in the UK.
Customers nationwide who are beyond the reach of good terrestrial service can now receive up to 30Mb satellite broadband, installed for free by Avanti service providers.
The scheme was piloted in January, and Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) has this week begun the despatch of letters to the 300,000 homes eligible for the scheme. These homes can register with their county council for a voucher which will give them a free installation. Households will then only pay for monthly service charges, which begin at £29.95 per month.
Commenting, David Williams, Chief Executive Operator of Avanti, said:“Rural consumers have been waiting a long time for equal treatment in government funded of broadband. This scheme now means that no-one in Britain needs to pay anything upfront to receive a World Class satellite broadband service, all using pioneering British technology.”
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About Avanti Communications
Avanti connects people wherever they are – in their homes, businesses, in government and on mobiles. Through the HYLAS satellite fleet and more than 180 partners in 118 countries, the network provides ubiquitous internet service to a quarter of the world’s population. Avanti delivers the level of quality and flexibility that the most demanding telecoms customers in the world seek.
Avanti is the first mover in high throughput satellite data communications in EMEA. It has rights to orbital slots and Ka-band spectrum in perpetuity that covers an end market of over 1.7bn people.
The Group has invested $1.2bn in a network that incorporates satellites, gateway earth stations, datacentres and a fibre ring.
Avanti has a unique Cloud based customer interface that is protected by patented technology.
The Group has three satellites in orbit and a further two fully funded satellites under construction.
In the UK service is supplied using Avanti’s HYLAS 1, 2 and 4 Ka-band satellites, which have 100% coverage of the British Isles. Users will then be able to choose from packages offering up to 30Mbps.
Avanti Communications is listed in London on AIM (AVN:LSE).
Broadband Delivery UK
Broadband Delivery UK (“BDUK”), part of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, is delivering superfast broadband and better mobile connectivity to the nation.
The Government is investing over £1 billion in improving broadband and mobile infrastructure to:
• provide superfast broadband coverage to 90% of the UK by 2016,
• provide basic broadband (2Mbps) for all by 2016,
• provide superfast broadband to 95% of the UK by 2017,
• explore options to get near universal superfast broadband coverage across the UK by 2018,
• create 22 ‘SuperConnected Cities’ across the UK by 2015; and,
• improve mobile coverage in remote areas by 2016.