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Consumers in rural areas may be able to access cheaper satellite broadband deals from later this year, it has been suggested.

David Williams, Chief Executive Officer at Avanti Communications, has claimed that the firm will offer 8Mb broadband for approximately £25 per month once its HYLAS 1 satellite enters into orbit.

According to ISPreview, this will enable UK customers to pay up to £10 less for such services than is currently possible.

Mr Williams commented that the high-speed broadband services will be available to all consumers, irrespective of location, allowing those based in remote countryside areas to join the digital revolution.

"Satellite broadband is the only technology which can guarantee rural users a high speed broadband service and, thankfully, the UK is ahead of other markets in moving to do this early," he stated.

Back in December, Avanti unveiled plans to send a second satellite – HYLAS 2 – into orbit, enabling the company to diversify its commercial risks.

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