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Avanti launches comms satellite for MEA

New satellite will offer high speed data across MEA and caucasus

Hylas 2 was launched on August 2.
Hylas 2 was launched on August 2.

Avanti Communications Group, a satellite operator based in the UK, has launched a new communications satellite to bring high speed data capacity across Southern and Eastern Africa, the Middle East and the Caucasus.

Avanti launched the satellite, HYLAS 2, from the European Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana on Ariane Flight VA208 on August 2.

Avanti will conduct routine tests on the satellite over the next three months before launching commercial services on HYLAS 2.

David Williams, CEO of Avanti Communications, said: "We have always believed there is a huge opportunity for satellite communications services in emerging markets because growth for data and voice services is high whilst supply of telecoms network capacity is low. As our satellite infrastructure cover is ubiquitous, we can offer telecommunications services anywhere across these regions, even in remote locations."

He added that the service is aimed government and enterprise customers, particularly those working in oil, mining, agriculture, banking and security sectors.

Avanti also plans to pitch the services to operators. "We also have a major opportunity in carrier services, because our products are now cost effective enough to provide high quality backhaul and IP trunking to help telcos to improve the resilience and capacity of their networks," Williams said. "I am very excited about our prospects for growth."

HYLAS 2 will deploy 24 fixed beams and one steerable beam using Ka-band technology, offering customers flexibility and significantly increased speeds and data throughput at a lower cost.