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European internet users will soon have another broadband option following the successful launch of the new Ka-Sat satellite.

The Eutelsat capsule took off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Sunday (December 26th) and is now in orbit around the Earth.

Broadband services will commence via Ka-Sat in early 2011, covering Europe with 80 spot beams, each of which has a capacity of 900Mb.

The service will complement Eutelsat's existing Tooway offering, which offers access to up to 3.6Mb broadband deals in the UK.

This has providing broadband access to consumers and businesses – primarily based in rural areas – since 2009.

Eutelsat's latest launch comes after Avanti Communications sent its long-awaited HYLAS 1 satellite into space at the end of November.

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