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Avanti's Highly Adaptable Satellite (HYLAS) payload has arrived safely at the Indian Space Research Organisation assembly facility, the communications group has confirmed.

The broadband satellite operator's offering – which is designed to deliver broadband and corporate data network services to European users - is now being integrated into the platform and prepared for launch.

A company statement revealed that the first payload panel was successfully integrated within a few days of work commencing, meaning the satellite is on schedule to be delivered into space by the second quarter of 2010.

David Williams, Chief Executive of Avanti, said he was pleased that the HYLAS was now in the final phase of assembly.

He added: "The demand in the market for satellite broadband is getting stronger every month as can be observed by our recent contract wins.

"Also the consensus in government, evidenced by this week's Select Committee Enquiry into broadband, shows that Avanti will be delivering a much-needed and highly-valued service across Europe."

Avanti Communications recently announced the creation of a major strategic partnership with satellite equipment supplier Hughes Network Systems.

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