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Consumers planning to take advantage of satellite broadband services offered through HYLAS 1 may have to wait a little longer to do so, it has emerged.

Avanti Communications has confirmed that while it originally hoped to launch the system by the end of September, there is a risk that the move will be delayed by up to six weeks after that time.

The company explained that while the development of the satellite is on track, there are issues in relation to the readiness of the new Soyuz launch pad in French Guyana.

In a statement, the firm added: "Avanti is currently in discussions with Arianespace regarding the selection of the most appropriate launch window for use of an Ariane 5 launch vehicle instead."

Last month, Avanti confirmed that it has agreed a ten-year deal for the sale of services on HYLAS 1 with a company that plans to deliver TV, broadband and phone deals to consumers in the UK and Ireland.

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