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The countdown is on to the eagerly-awaited launch of Avanti Communications' HYLAS 1 satellite.

According to the internet service provider, the satellite has now been fully fuelled ahead of its launch into orbit on Friday November 26th.

HYLAS 1 has also been successfully integrated with the Ariane 5 launch vehicle, as final preparations continue, Avanti confirmed.

The launch, which will be broadcast live over the internet, will occur in a window between 18:39 and 21:54 GMT.

Once in orbit, HYLAS 1 will allow Avanti to provide satellite broadband deals to businesses and consumers in the UK.

The services may appeal in particular to those based in remote rural areas, with little prospect of being included in the ongoing high-speed broadband rollout in the near-future.

Since satellite broadband is delivered via space, customers with installed satellite technology are able to receive a strong signal irrespective of their geographic location.

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