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April 21, 2009

Avanti wins contract from Hutchison 3G Ireland

The E43m scheme expects to bring broadband services to communities all over Ireland

By CBR Staff Writer

Avanti Communications Group, a UK-based broadband satellite operator, has won a contract by Hutchison 3G Ireland to supply them under the Irish Government’s National Broadband Scheme. The contract has an expected value to Avanti of E5.3m over three years.

According to Avanti, this E43m scheme is designed to bring broadband services to communities all over Ireland which are out of the reach of terrestrial alternatives.

Avanti said that it will be concentrating on serving the rural areas where ADSL and mobile broadband will not reach. The contract will cover an anticipated 5,000 to 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, CEO 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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