Avanti launches broadband satellite

A satellite made to plug some of the holes in the UK and Europe’s broadband coverage has launched. Hylas is the first of three spacecraft from satellite broadband firm Avanti due to be sent into space with the sole purpose of offering Internet coverage to rural areas.

The bigger Hylas 2 is due for launch in 2012 and has mainly the African and Middle East markets in its sights but may also offer more broadband coverage in the UK.

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