Avanti Communications Group plc (AVN.L), a provider of satellite data communications services in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, Monday announced a new contract with BT Group Plc. (BT_A.L, BT).
Under the deal, Avanti will be part of BT's supply of wholesale consumer broadband services which will be sold onwards to consumers in the UK through a network of satellite resellers under the auspices of the British Government's Universal Service Commitment.
Under this plan directed by Broadband Delivery UK, up to 300,000 homes which cannot access greater than 2Mbps from terrestrial networks will be eligible to receive a contribution from government to fund the installation of satellite broadband services. The consumer will then pay monthly service charges. The scheme is expected to go live during December.
Ed Vaizey MP, Digital Economy Minister said, "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."
by RTT Staff Writer
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