Satellite broadband development outpacing national internet targets

Satellite broadband performance is now easily outpacing Government internet targets, according to one of the UK's leading telecoms services companies.

Avonline Broadband says the recent launch of UK superfast satellite broadband services with speeds up to 30Mbps - the fastest-ever service commercially available in the country - means the Government's stated USO (Universal Service Obligation) of at least 10Mbps for all could now be easily beaten, and much earlier than the 2020 target deadline.

Avonline has teamed up with satellite provider Avanti Communications Group to introduce the new service. Mark Wynn, managing director of Avonline, said: "BT has said that it can bring fibre-to-the-cabinet to 97% or 98% of premises across the country by 2020, enabling these customers to receive the government's 24Mbps definition of superfast broadband. The final two per cent of properties would then be entitled to receive the 10Mbps USO guarantee.

"But the recent leap in satellite broadband performance means that even the final couple of per cent will now be able to get up to 30Mbps, giving the entire nation access to superfast broadband."

He added that the new superfast satellite broadband service was available immediately anywhere in the UK, with installation typically just a week or two from order.

"We can now deliver this superfast service to the many homes and businesses in rural areas across the country where people have literally been waiting years for an upgrade."

Rather than use an underground copper/fibre network like BT, satellite broadband operates by sending and receiving a two-way broadband signal to a satellite about 22,000 miles in space. Because the satellite sits high up in space, it can provide equal quality of coverage to every home or business in the UK.

A range of Avonline superfast satellite broadband packages are available immediately at And because satellite broadband does not need a phone line, customers could also save around £200 on line rental charges each year if they do not need a fixed line phone.

Government voucher schemes which enable Avonline to offer free installation are available for rural locations in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, while the company is offering special discounts to local communities and groups in Scotland, where no voucher scheme yet exists.

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