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Satellite broadband will become a commercially viable solution for improving nationwide coverage, Avanti Communications has claimed.

According to David Williams, chief executive of the broadband supplier, the technology could provide customers in rural areas with higher-speed connections than many existing solutions as costs fall.

Speaking to the BBC, he explained that Avanti is preparing to launch a new satellite that will use the Ka-band of radio frequency.

By making use of more focused beams, the Hylas satellite would be able to provide 2Mb broadband to customers across Europe, including 2.5 million UK households unable to subscribe to ADSL or cable broadband.

Mr Williams told the news provider: "Being able to reach a universal population with consistent speeds is one of the advantages of satellite.

"Satellite will feature as part of the solution to the 2Mb universal service commitment."

Earlier this month, Avanti's Head of European marketing Simon Barrett suggested that installation fees for satellite broadband will decline as more users subscribe to the service.

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