Avanti provides satellite internet to communities left out of the superfast broadband revolution.
Not only does the company, which employs 50 staff at its Operational site at Goonhilly Earth Station on The Lizard, help give businesses access to fast and reliable internet connections in rural Cornwall but it is conquering new markets in the Middle East and Sub Sahara Africa where laying down fibre is a geopolitical and geographical nightmare.
“It’s a postcode lottery in Cornwall when it comes to access to superfast broadband,” said Andy Williams, the business manager and coordinator for the superfast satellite programme with Avanti.
“There has been a lot of investment into superfast broadband but it has mainly gone into the more densely populated areas. If you are outside these areas coverage starts getting sparse.”
Mr Williams cited a farm machinery business outside Trispen, on the outskirts of Truro, which does not have the same coverage the city has when it is only three miles out.
Avanti, a sponsor of the Cornwall Live Edge Awards , became a public limited company in 2007 sending its first telecommunication satellite (Hylas 1) into geostationary orbit in 2010. Avanti was the first to provide dedicated high speed data communications (using Ka-Band) across the UK and Europe.
Since then, they have continued to innovate and develop a world-leading satellite network infrastructure with a fleet of High Throughput Satellites providing high speed data communications.
This year Avanti launched its fourth satellite (Hylas 4) and all four satellites cover Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
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