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Satellite broadband has reached "a tipping point" in the UK and Europe, with industry advances making the technology a viable alternative to copper and fibre.

This is the view of Oliver Johnson, Chief Executive at Point Topic, who notes that 20Mb bandwidths are now available to satellite broadband users.

He said that, in 2013, these speeds are "commonly on offer", and many satellite broadband tariffs now offer unlimited usage allowances.

“Satellite subscription costs are affordable for most, the bandwidth and data caps have improved significantly in the last ten years, and you can be up and running comparatively quickly," he stated.

"In fact satellite isn’t just for those hard to reach areas anymore - it's turning into a real competitor for bandwidth provision in a number of situations."

Research conducted by Point Topic for the European Commission indicated there are still 20 million people in Europe without access to fixed broadband.

And around 200 million cannot yet access super-fast broadband services.

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