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Satellite broadband could be about to take a bigger share of the UK market after an agreement between two major players.

SES ASTRA and Eurosat have joined forces to offer UK broadband customers an alternative way to connect to the internet under the brand name BeyonDSLin.

The deal between the European-wide satellite operator and the British satellite equipment distributor could signal that the technology is stepping up its game in pursuit of those excluded by the British broadband network.

Mike Locke, special projects manager at Eurosat, commented: "Thousands of households in the UK and Northern Ireland are in terrestrial broadband black spots. That does not only affect rural areas, but also city locations including Greater London."

The offering, named ASTRAConnect, is termed as an "interactive" satellite broadband package and will offer download speeds of up to 2Mb - a provided satellite dish and modem are all that is needed for installation.

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