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Broadband provider Eutelsat has announced that its new KA-SAT satellite has entered the final stages of readiness for launch.

The satellite will be transported into orbit on a Proton rocket next month, allowing the firm to offer wider access to 10Mb broadband deals across Europe.

Eutelsat revealed that the rocket will lift off from the Baikonour Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on December 20th 2010.

Michel de Rosen, Chief Executive Officer at the firm, said KA-SAT's multi-spotbeam design, use of Ka-band frequencies and proven systems deployed in North America, will "transform the volume of bandwidth available through a single satellite and the scope and economics for new services".

He added: "With this pan-European infrastructure complementing our Ku-band resources that will be progressively expanded and modernised with six new satellites, Eutelsat is uniquely positioned to further push back the boundaries of satellite-delivered services across the markets we serve."

Last week, fellow satellite broadband provider Avonline revealed it would be freezing prices in January despite the 2.5 per cent VAT hike. 

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