Avanti Communications Group plc has signed a new contract with BT, to 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, with the consumer then paying monthly service charges. The scheme is expected to go live during December.
David Williams, Chief Executive of Avanti said: “We welcome this significant intervention by government to ensure that the Universal Service Commitment is met and we are pleased to serve the best interests of the UK consumer.”
Ed Vaizey MP, Digital Economy Minister said: “Our rollout of superfast broadband has already reached an additional 3.5 million homes and businesses who would otherwise have missed out. We are making tremendous progress, but it’s a massive engineering project and won’t happen overnight. 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.”
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