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Avanti Communications' satellite broadband deals will offer higher download speeds than previously advertised, it has been announced.

The firm, whose HYLAS 1 satellite launches into orbit today (Friday November 26th), will enable subscribers to download at a rate of 10MB, rather than the 8Mb would-be subscribers had previously expected.

According to, the decision to raise the speeds available may be in response to competition from rival broadband providers.

The news provider noted that Eutelsat, which is set to launch its own KA-SAT satellite next month, will provide 10Mb downloads with its broadband packages.

Meanwhile, Avanti's Chief Executive David Williams said its HYLAS 2 satellite has successfully passed the Critical Design Review stage and is progressing well with a view to a 2012 launch.

"I am very pleased to report that the most important of milestones has been passed and that we have not lost a single day of schedule in this programme," he stated.

"This is important because we are experiencing very high demand for HYLAS 2 pre-sales."

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