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Avanti Communications has successfully launched its second satellite - HYLAS 2 - into orbit.

The satellite headed into space onboard the Ariane Flight VA208 from the European Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana.

Avanti said the Ariane 5 launch was "perfect", injecting HYLAS 2 into the correct orbit precisely on schedule.

HYLAS 2 separated from the Ariane 5 on time and telemetry was received at the control centre at the European Spaceport, the broadband provider confirmed.

David Williams, Chief Executive of Avanti Communications, said he was delighted at the successful launch of HYLAS 2.

"It will now undertake a series of pre-planned in orbit acceptance tests over the coming three months before we commence service for customers," he stated.

"HYLAS 2 will provide high speed data capacity across Africa, Caucasia and the Middle East. This service changes everything in the data markets in those regions that have previously left companies, governments and consumers poorly served."

Mr Williams said the "comparatively attractive economic backdrop" and huge unmet demand evident in these regions gives the firm "great confidence".

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