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Satellite broadband services are becoming increasingly popular across Europe, it has been claimed.

According to Rapid TV News, satellite broadband company SES Astra is seeing 10,000 new customers every quarter, including many in the UK.

The company aims its service at home users in areas where they are unable to receive ADSL or cable broadband coverage, the news site reported.

Its Astra2Connect satellite service is currently offered by internet service providers in 14 European countries, including the UK, Germany, France, Italy and Spain.

Volker Leyendecker, sales manager of Astra Broadband Services, was quoted by Rapid TV News as suggesting that satellite broadband makes internet access possible in areas where it would otherwise not be.

The report mirrors findings published by Global Industry Analysts last month, which indicated that demand for satellite broadband is rising all over the world.

It predicted that the technology's capacity to serve "last mile" broadband customers incapable of receiving fixed broadband connections would see it expand further between now and 2015.

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