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Hutchison 3G Ireland Awards Satellite Based Broadband Contract

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Avanti Communications, a broadband satellite operator, says that it has been awarded a contract by Hutchison 3G Ireland to supply them with broadband internet access under the Irish Government's National Broadband Scheme. This EUR 43 million scheme is designed to bring broadband services to communities all over Ireland which are out of the reach of terrestrial alternatives. The contract has an expected value to Avanti of EUR 5.3 million over 3 years.

Avanti will be concentrating on serving the rural areas where ADSL and Mobile broadband will not reach.

The contract will cover an anticipated 5,000 - 6,000 homes and businesses in its initial phase although the eventual number of potential customers may be higher. Avanti will begin services on leased capacity, transferring to its own HYLAS satellite after its launch.

David Williams, Chief Executive of Avanti said: "I am delighted that our service has been chosen by Hutchison 3G, which is part of a highly respected global telecoms group. This contract win further consolidates our European market lead in rural broadband, and we are proud to play our part in helping to advance the Irish digital economy. Gaining approval from a large and experience telecom carrier like Hutchison 3G is a significant milestone in the development of our business. We expect to generate increasing contract wins with large mainstream telecoms carriers now that the place for our product in the European market place is firmly established."

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