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Eutelsat has welcomed the government's acknowledgement of the potential benefits that satellite broadband could offer.

The satellite operator commented after the Government Response to the UK Space Innovation and Growth Strategy recommended the creation of space-enabled services to support the delivery of super-fast broadband to rural communities.

Michel de Rosen, Chief Executive Officer of Eutelsat, said it would be willing to share its experiences of operating its Tooway satellite in the UK, which has provided 3.6Mb speeds to rural customers for around a year.

He added: "The UK has also been integral in the development of our revolutionary broadband satellite, which will be launched in the coming months and offer up to 10Mb services to the UK."

Eutelsat also backed the launch of the new UK Space Agency, which will be supported by £12 million of funding granted by the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills.

The company recently announced the appointment of Yohann Leroy as its Director of Strategy.

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