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A contract to supply the Northern Ireland region with satellite broadband has been awarded to Avanti Communications.

Communications minister Arlene Foster has confirmed that the supplier has been picked from a range of broadband providers to cater for the blackspots in which residents cannot access high-speed internet services.

Those who are deprived of ADSL broadband connections will now be able to enjoy the internet via satellite.

Ms Foster commented: "It is essential to ensure that everyone in Northern Ireland can continue to have access to broadband services, no matter what their location.

"The importance of broadband is increasing in economic, social and educational terms, providing the consumer with access to a wide variety of on-line services."

The project follows Avanti's involvement with a number of schemes in the UK such as the Rural Broadband Aggregation Project, undertaken for the West Midlands Regional Development Agency.

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