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Avanti Communications is edging closer to supplying satellite broadband services to consumers and businesses in the UK.

The firm said its HYLAS 1 module, which successfully launched into orbit at the end of November, is making "excellent progress" and now has all systems turned on.

Initial test results have gone as planned, the firm reported, with the satellite having reached geostationary orbit.

Avanti noted that the first transmissions have been received at Avanti's primary Gateway Earth Station in the UK.

"We will now continue with a pre-service mission which is using HYLAS to demonstrate certain capabilities that are relevant to future business, and then will prepare for the launch of commercial service in Europe," the firm stated.

Avanti noted that there has been "an excellent response" to its satellite launch, and the firm is aiming to supply broadband deals by the end of March 2011.

"We are confident that we can achieve the targets we have set ourselves to fill HYLAS 1 within three years and, under certain conditions, could expect to do better," the company added.

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