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BT has signed a deal with global communications company Satellite Solutions Worldwide Group in a move that will see it enter the retail satellite broadband market.

It comes as part of the recently announced UK Government scheme to offer subsidised satellite broadband to homes and businesses with internet connections of less than 2 Mb.

That scheme comes alongside the government's Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) initiative, which is aiming to bring superfast broadband coverage to 95% of the UK by 2017.

The satellite scheme, which opened in December 2015, will see the government provide funding for the capital cost of equipment, connection fees and professional installation, which could amount to a value of around £350 per end user.

The Department of Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) claims as many as 300,000 properties across the UK could benefit from the rollout.

SSW is offering a number of packages, ranging from a basic service with 10 Mbps download speeds and a usage allowance of 10 GB, to ‘super-fast’ satellite broadband services of up to 30 Mbps.

The company has been involved in a similar scheme in Wales, supplying a number of satellite tariffs, with end users able to claim subsidies of up to £800 to cover the cost of the equipment, installation and connection.

Digital Economy Minister Ed Vaizey (pictured) said the scheme would help the government build on the success of its BDUK rollout, which it claims is edging closer to reaching 90% of the UK population.

He added: “This scheme offers immediate assistance to those homes and businesses in the most remote areas with the slowest speeds and is all part of our transformation of the UK’s digital landscape."

SSW CEO Andrew Walwyn said: "The UK Government’s scheme both removes the barrier-to-entry cost for customer on the acquisition of the kit, and at the same times increases our addressable market in the UK."

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