Eutelsat Communications has launched its satellite broadband service, capable of bringing high-speed web services to remote parts of Europe.
The internet service provider can now provide download speeds of up to 50Mb for businesses and 10Mb for residential properties.
Michel de Rosen, Chief Executive Officer at Eutelsat, said the entry into service of the KA-SAT satellite "turns a new page in affordable and immediately available IP solutions".
He added that the satellite places Europe "at the forefront" of high-capacity technologies that can serve to quickly close the broadband gap.
Steve Petrie, Northern European Director of Eutelsat's affiliate Skylogic, explained that satellite broadband could help provide high-speed internet services to more people in the UK.
He noted that around one in ten households are currently unable to access 2Mb download speeds, but the launch of KA-SAT has changed this.
The KA-SAT satellite entered into orbit in December 2009.