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Satellite broadband services offer greater flexibility than the cable equivalent, one service provider has claimed.

ViaSat UK – formerly known as Stonewood – explained that satellite services are now far more accessible to UK households and businesses than in the past.

The launch of new satellites has not only increased the download speeds available, but helped make broadband deal prices more competitive, the firm said.

Chris McIntosh, Chief Executive Officer at ViaSat UK, said that in the past, satellite communications have been extremely expensive.

"But now what's on offer is a system that is comparable in price to that of a cable network and far more flexible, especially if you are a mobile user," he told

"The majority of customers we're after aren't necessarily in tiny villages, they are at the edge of metropolitan areas but still can't get cable."

ViaSat UK offers broadband deals supported by Eutelsat's 6.1 tonne KA-SAT satellite, which was launched into orbit at the end of last year.

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