Consumers in Northern Ireland could benefit from a new satellite broadband service following an agreement between Hutchinson 3G and Avanti.
Specialist satellite broadband operator Avanti has won a contract from Hutchinson 3G Ireland to help deliver internet access at part of a nation-wide scheme.
The satellite broadband system will be used as an alternative to traditional ADSL and mobile broadband connections in rural parts of the country.
David Williams, Chief Executive of Avanti, said: "I am delighted that our service has been chosen by Hutchison 3G, which is part of a highly respected global telecoms group.
"This contract win further consolidates our European market lead in rural broadband and we are proud to play our part in helping to advance the Irish digital economy."
Northern Ireland's enterprise minister Arlene Foster recently reinforced her commitment to improving broadband services in rural areas with the announcement of a £1.9 million fund to support organisations with trials of new technologies.