Satellite broadband represents an excellent option for businesses and households seeking reliable, high-speed web services in rural areas, it has been claimed.
In a new report, the UK Space Leadership Council called on the government and industry to promote the development of this burgeoning industry, in order to further improve UK broadband coverage.
At present, British homes and businesses can access space-based broadband services using Avanti Communication's HLYAS 1 and Eutelsat's KaSat satellites.
The report claimed that the success or failure of satellite broadband in the UK will be determined by "the acceptance of this new technology in the market and the take-up of satellite broadband capacity".
"Satellite is able to deploy broadband services much earlier to users not able to get broadband until the advance of fibre networks into their communities," the council stated.
"It is, therefore, a potential tactical option to deliver some level of service early."